21st May 2018 – weekly press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Co-op Irresistible Bio-Bio Valley Malbec, Bio-Bio, Chile 2016 (£6.99)
textured, fragrant and Chilean.
Bethany 6 Gen Old Vine Grenache, Barossa, Australia 2015 (£9.99, Co-op)
red berry fruits and savoury spice abound in a classy old-vine Grenache
Nardelli Cuvee Carolina, Tuscany, Italy 2016 (£8.99, Co-op)
textured, modern-style Tuscan sangiovese with a stiffening dose of cabernet

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

La Vieille Ferme Blanc 2016/17. Waitrose £5.99 on offer
Attractive, smooth Rhône white. Good all-rounder
Sainsbury s Taste the Difference Languedoc Red 2016. £7
Ripe, vibrant, southern French red. Perfect for a hog roast
Saint-Pourçain La Réserve Spéciale 2016. £7.75 Wine Society
Light, pretty beaujolais-ish blend. Flexible enough to go with fish
Cruset Blanc de Blancs. £8.99 Ocado (£3.49 Calais Wine Superstore)
Smart-looking alternative to prosecco

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

GOLDEN VALLEY GRASEVINA 2015 Vlado Krauthaker (12.5%) £10 Marks & Spencer
Rich textured dry weighty honeyed.
FESTIGIA MALVAZIJA ISTARSKA 2015 Vina Laguna (13.5%) £10.95 Lea & Sandeman
Crisp and dry with pear and apple notes, soft succulent texture.
‘ALBA’ MALVAZIJA ISTARSKA 2017 Matesovic (12.5%) £13.50-£15 Beets, Leith; Bon Vivant Companion; Fine Wine Co Musselburgh
Very aromatic, limey apricot flavours, refreshing minerality
MALVAZIJA ISTARSKA 2016 Vina Laguna (12.5%) £7.50 The Wine Society
Light delicate example with floral notes, citrus flavours
PINOT GRIGIO 2016 Vina Laguna (12%) £10.95 Lea & Sandeman
Easy drinking lightweight quaffer with a soft fleshy ripeness.
MALVAZIJA ISTARSKA PRESTIGE 2016 Veralda (13.5%) £12.60 croatianfinewines
Tropical fruit ripeness, pithy citric fruits, fresh and vibrant
TERRA ROSSA 2016 Vina Laguna (13%) £7.95 www.thewinesociety.com
Delicious plummy aromas, tangy sour cherry flavours; tart acidity.
MERLOT SUPERIOR 2012 Franc Arman (14%) £25 croatianfinewines
Lush cherry fruits with cedary undertones and soft texture
DINGAC 50 2012 Badel (14%) £30 www.croatianfinewines.com
Plummy chocolate flavoured red with its hint of sweetness
TERAN 2015 Kabola (14%) £23 www.croatianfinewines.com
Smoky tobacco aromas, rich red berry fruits, sharp acidity
GRIMALDA RED 2015 Matosevic £23.50 Fine Wine Co Musselburgh
Cinnamon spice undertones, smooth texture, minerally backbone

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Arthur Metz Crémantd’Alsace Brut (£11.24 Ocado.com, until June 12)
a richer, yeasty, more complex style
Arthur Metz Crémant d’Alsace Brut Biologique (£11.24 Ocado.com, until June 12)
slightly creamier, chardonnay-dominated organic version
Exquisite Collection Crémant du Jura (£7.99 Aldi.co.uk)
punches so far above its price point it’s almost ridiculous
Marcel Cabelier Crémant du Jura Brut, (£13.99 Ocado.com)
floral, lemon curd and brioche flavours; long, slightly earthy finish
Le Caves des Hautes Cotes Crémant de Bourgogne (£12 Marksandspencher.com)
on the creamy side, with the local aligoté grape in the mix
Cuvée Royale Brut Crémant de Limoux (£11.99 Waitrose.com; Ocado.com)
typical light and refreshing limoux.
Prince Alexandre Crémant de Loire (Waitrose £9.74; until 5 June)
Taste the Difference Crémant de Loire (£11 Sainsburys.co.uk)
peaches and honeysuckle scented
The Society’s Celebration Crémant de Loire (£12.95 Winesociety.com)
made for them by another leader in the field, Gratien and Meyer
Sauvion Crémant de Loire Brut (£13.35 Addisonwines.com; £13.99 Flagshipwines.co.uk)
slightly richer, creamy and satisfying
Sauvion Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé (£13.35 Addisonwines.com; £15.53 Gpbrands.eu)
really lovely raspberry inflected cabernet franc pink

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tesco Finest Passerina 2017 (£6.50)
fresh, lemony
Tesco Finest Greco Beneventano 2016 (£9)
elderflowery, light. Aperitif, salad and seafood wines, both.
Tesco Finest Torrontes 2017, Argentina (£7.50)
zingy, youthful white, slightly off-dry with an exotic rose-
petal hint
Tim Adams Clare Valley Riesling 
2017, Australia (£10 Tesco)
properly dry, lime-soused and is only 11.5 per cent
Tesco Garnacha Rosé 2017, from Campo de Borja, Spain (£XXX)
great-value rosado, youthful and vibrant with appealing red berry frui
Tesco Bulgarian Merlot 2016 (£4.40)
bargain party wine, juicy, soft
Tesco Finest Lambrusco Reggiano, Italy (£7)
perfect for picnics, chillable, tangy, red-cherryish
Tesco Finest Las Hijuelas Carmenere 2017, Colchagua, Chile (£7)
bold Chilean red, clove-scented with 
ripe cassis
Tesco Cava Semi Seco NV, Spain (£5.75)
lightly honeyed, green-apple-fresh
Finest Pedro Ximénez Sherry NV 
Selected stores (£6 for 37.5cl)
A super-sweet, dark mahogany and 
unctuous dessert sherry