22-10-2007 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 22/10/2007

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 Tasmania Sauvignon Blanc, Australia, Marks & Spencer, £7.99.

juicy, classy, unoaked, Granny Smith of a sauvignon.

2006 Tasmania Pinot Noir, Australia, Marks & Spencer, £7.99.

silky, leafy, savoury, herby wine shows that he has not lost his touch

2005 Montagny 1er Cru Les Bassets, L Cognard, Lay & Wheeler, £13.50

delivers terrific ripe, leafy, grapey fruit

2006 Langhe Nebbiolo Garavini, Elio Grasso, Lay & Wheeler, £14.25

elegant, silky, plummy, unwooded, bottled-early junior barolo

2006 Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy, Asda, £3.47

surprisingly vibrant, verdant 2006, with lots of gentle, nutty fruit

Tempranillo, Spain, Asda, £2.47.

ridiculously cheap; oozes so much thrilling, fat plummy spice

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2006 Gestos Malbec, Finca Flichman, 2 @ £4.79 Majestic

Fresh raspberry fruit and soft chocolatey oak

2006 Masseria dei Trullari Primitivo, £6.45 Corney & Barrow

Spicy, savoury, cherry-flavoured Italian red

2006 The Doctor’s Riesling, Forrest Estate, £8.99 Adnams

Zingy, mineral, medium-dry New Zealand riesling

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2005 Gran Familia Rioja Tinto, £4.99, Co-op, Sain, Tesco; 3 @ £3.99 Thresh

A crowd-pleasing red at a scene-stealing price

2006 Los Molles Carménère, Viña Tabalí, £7.49, Marks & Spencer

a peppery undertone to the blackcurrant and plum flavours.

2006 Maverick Trial Hill Riesling, Eden Valley, £13.95, Lea & Sandeman

powerful, lime-like, floral scents make this the perfect match for sashimi

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2006 Scilio Etna Bianco (£7.25, centopercentowines.com)

complex, minerally

2006 Casa Mia Sangiovese, Cantine Settesoli (£4.99, Sainsbury’s)

flavoursome, cleverly oaked; a great quaffer

2006 Nerello Mascalese, Cantina del Coppiere (£4.49, M&S)

soft, perfumed; Italy’s answer to entry-point Pinot Noir

2006 Cerrasuolo di Vittoria, Planeta (£11.99, Waitrose)

light, strawberryish; contains 40 per cent Frappato

2004 Montenero, Abbazía Santa Anastasia (£15.95, Lea & Sand)

could stand comparison with the best Supertuscan reds

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2003 Inniskillin Oak-Aged Vidal Icewine (£47.50 Fine & Rare, some Waitrose)

great finesse and mango and pineapple flavours, this is a rare treat

Pol Roger Rich Demi-Sec NV (£26.99; Booths, Hedley, F&M, Taurus)

outrageously decadent and delicious

2003 Royal Tokaji Blue Label Aszú (£19.99 Bibendum, Montrachet, Lea & S)

full of marmalade sweetness, nuts, apricots and caramel

2005 Darting Dürkheimer Spielberg Scheurebe BA (£13 Marks & Spencer)

full of ripe, honeyed citrus fruit

2002 Château Doisy-Védrines, (£13.50 Berry Bros & Rudd)

luscious, almost spicy barley sugar sweetness to it and fine balance

2005 Andrew Quady ‘Elysium’ Black Muscat (£7.99 Averys)

lightly fortified and darkly seductive; serve well chilled

2005 Rive Haute Reserve Pacherenc (£8.99 Playford Ros, Coe, Wheeler)

hints of lemon and apricot. Great with fruit tart

Sainsbury’s ‘Taste the Difference’ Pedro Ximénez (£6.99)

Nutty, raisiny and full of Demerara, fig and liquorice flavours

Torres Moscatel Oro NV (£6.99-£8.99 Mallards, Roberts & Speight)

packed with flavours of honey, raisins, orange blossom and cloves

2005 Domaine Bellegarde ‘Cuvée Thibault’ Jurançon (£15.95; Yapp Bros)

peachily, lemony sweet with a long honeyed finish

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Tesco Finest Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2006, £5 until Oct 28

beautifully true sauvignon blanc; beats New Zealand at this price

Asda Cava Brut NV, Spain, £3.76

brisk, clean and well-built, with large bubbles

Château Guiot Costières de Nîmes 2006, £4.79 Majestic

smoothly juicy, in the way of a simple but proper wine

M&S Manzanilla NV, Spain, £4.99

The lightest of sherry styles smells salty-sour, like fresh bread dough

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