22nd October 2018 – wine news roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Domaine Cordier Mâcon Aux Bois d’Allier Burgundy 2016 (£13.50, thewinesociety)
superbly rich, resonant, shimmering chardonnay
Acustic Celler, Acustic Negre Montsant Spain 2015 (£13.80, cambridgewine)
intensely spicy, warm but balanced red wine
Henry Pelle Les Bornes Menetou-Salon Loire 2017 (£14.50, Oddbins)
riverbank-cool, green and charming.
Morisfarms Morellino di Scansano Tuscany 2015 (from £12, jeroboams; tannico)
lipsmackingly dark plum and cherry.
Cave de Saint-Désirat Saint-Joseph 2016 (£15.99, Waitrose)
succulent, pepper-savoury, violets-and-blackberry allure
Tatomer Steinhügel Riesling Santa Barbara 2016 (from £20.70, robersonwine)
exotically ripe but steely, Alsace-esque riesling

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Smirnoff Cider with Passionfruit and Lime £2.20 Tesco, 4%.
Not much evidence of vodka, but appealingly fruity
This… Loves Lamb 2017 £4.99 Aldi, 13%.
this smashable red will go with lots else, too
Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin £9.99 Aldi, 37.5%.
A massively student-friendly price for this Gordon’s drink-alike
Hyde & Wilde Session Pale Ale £1.80 Sainsbury’s, 3.8%.
Smart craft ale range; the ABV shouldn’t hinder essay-writing

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

VOUVRAY, LE PEU DE LA MORIETTE 2009 DOMAINE PICHOT (£18.99 Raeburn Wines)
Underlying minerality and a touch of honeyed complexity
BURRA BROOK ROSE 2017 (£7 Marks & Spencer)
enough structure and crispness to match the tanginess of the curry
PAUL CLUVER RIESLING 2017 (£13 Marks & Spencer)
Off dry, zesty fruits, zingy acidity
ASHWOOD ESTATE PINOT GRIS 2017 (£6.99 Aldi)
Off dry, lightly spicy, melony fruits with zippy acidity.
GEWURZTRAMINER VV HERRENWEG 2010 Domaine Zind Humbrecht (£28 Laithwaites)
Rich dense fruits, vibrant acid, luscious honeyed sweetness
ERRAZURIZ ESTATE SERIES CARMENERE 2017 (£9.99 Waitrose)
Fullbodied spicy with balsamic and peppery notes.
TAPA RIOJA OLD VINES 2016 (£9 Marks & Spencer)
Robust unoaked rich textured plum and damson flavoured Monastrell
QUINTA DOS ROQUES COLHEITA TINTO 2016 (£14 Oddbins)
Structured blend with blackcurrant fruits, hints of pine tree resin
PORTA 6 TINTA 2015 (£7.99 Majestic Wine)
Soft round ripe and supple with chewy tannins, a great bargain
VILLA MARIA PRIVATE BIN GEWURZTRAMINER 2017 (£9.89 Majestic Wine)
Pungent aromas of lychees and spice, full bodied fruits; touch of sweetness

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Puklavec & Friends Sauvignon Blanc Pinot Grigio 2017 (£6.49 until 30 Oct; waitrose)
a great value, sprightly and refreshing white from Slovenia
Somontes Colheita Blanco 2017 Casa Da Passarella, Serra da Estrela (£11.95 davywine)
great freshness and vibrant minerality from the high altitude vineyards
Javier Sanz Rey Santo Rueda, 2017 (£10.29 strictlywine; £10.96 corkingwines)
restrained tropical and orange citrus flavours; underlying richness of texture
McManis Family Vineyards Viognier (£11.50 winesociety; £14.99 ocado)
opulent, balanced with ebullient fruit flavours and a long finish
Sidewood Mappinga Chardonnay 2016 (£18.95 davywine)
peach and melon flavours, a hint of sweet spice
Château Cruzeau Pessac-Leognan 2015 (£17.99 waitrose)
elegant, balanced and aromatic, with real depth of flavour
Saveur d’Automne Pays D’oc Doux (£13.99 for 50cl lsfinewines)
not too sweet, with fruit and floral aromas it is honeyed and fragrant

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Masi Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese 2015, Italy (£9.74 until Oct 30)
sour and dried cherries, and old sideboards
Burra Brook Merlot 2017, Australia (M&S, £7)
a solid buy – attractive, reassuring, and warm.
Domaine les Yeuses Viognier 2017 Languedoc-Roussillon (Lea & Sandeman, £10.95)
Beautifully creamy and fresh; just a hint of peaches and honeysuckle