22-09-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 22/09/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

Tesco Finest Fiano 2007. £3.99 until October 7

Floral, grapey style

2006 Nero d’Avola 2007. £3.99 until October 7, Tesco

ripe, plummy

2006 Viña Albali Valdepeñas Tempranillo-Cabernet. £2.99, tesco

herby, curranty red

Asda 2007 Soave (£2.98)

lively, verdant

Asda 2007 Chilean Chardonnay (£3.18)

off-dry, apricoty

Asda 2007 Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon (£3.18)

juicy, chunky, blackcurranty red partner

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2007 Vina Leyda Sauvignon Gris, £9.49 Oddbins

Full-bodied, smoky and spicy with tangy green fruit

2007 Secano Estate Sauvignon Gris, £6.99 Marks & Spencer

Full and dry with spice, citrus and green fruit flavours

2007 Calvet Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc, £4.99 Waitrose

Light, grassy, grapefruity Bordeaux with 15% sauvignon gris

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Domaine Py Merlot. 2 = £4.99 each, Majestic

bright, blackcurranty merlot makes the ideal, approachable everyday red.

2005 Three Halves. £7.30, from £10.99, Waitrose, until 28 Sept

powerful southern Rhône-style blend; smooth tannins hint at the game reserve

2005 Felton Road Chardonnay. £19, Lea and Sandeman; Caves De Pyrène

meursault-like fruit richness contains just a bit more tropical fruit vitality

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2007 Rosso di Puglia, IGT, Casa Girelli (£4.49, 13%, Marks & Spencer)

perfumed, violet and plum-like

Cuatro Rayas Verdejo, Rueda 2007 (£5.99, 12.5% Marks & Spencer)

crisp, grapefruity

Knappstein Ackland Riesling, Clare Valley 2007 (£9.99, 13% Marks & Spencer)

juicy, limey

2007 Saddleback Pinot Noir, Central Otago (£14.99, 13.5% Marks & Spencer)

fragrant, supple, seriously delicious

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2006 Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling, (£7.99, Noel Young Wines)

a whiff of something like petrol curling around the citrus notes

2004 Duck Pond Merlot, (£11.10, Tanners Wines)

plummy nose and aristocratic fruitcake flavours

2006 L’Ecole No 41 Semillon, (£14.85, The Wine Treasury)

crisp acidity, mineral intensity and a rich mix of fruit, all in a honeysuckle border

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Noon Gun Flagstone 2007. £7.99, Tesco

floral notes and echoing palate, it’s a wine you could drink anywhere

Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2007. £9.99, Waitrose; 13% abv

Nettley and rather French, this is a sauvignon blanc with refinement

Raats Cabernet Franc 2006. £16.99, Harrogate Fine Wine; Handford

beautifully expressive cabernet franc; sumptuously thick flavours

De Grendel Winifred 2007. £9.59, Oddbins; 13.5% abv

a wine that’s more than the sum of its parts: well-melded, silky, floral and expansive

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