23 October 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Hancock & Hancock Fiano, McLaren Vale, Australia 2016 (£13.50, Noel Young)
beguiling mix of mouthfilling stone fruit and racy bittersweet lime freshness
S C Pannell Tempranillo Touriga, McLaren Vale, Australia 2016 (£18.99, Noel Young)
rich but glossily supple, spicy and fragrant red
Jim Barry Assyrtiko, Clare Valley, Australia 2016 (£17.99, Solent Cellar)
gloriously nervy, bright dry white wine, a torrent of seafood-friendly minerals

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Lidl Rasteau 2015 (£7.99, 14% abv)
a generous, spicy, southern Rhône blend
Aldi Exquisite Collection Chateau La Diffre Plan de Dieu 2015 (£5.79; 13.5% abv)
robust, warming; would make a very decent everyday red
Ch. Sainte-Eulalie Minervois La Livinière Cuvée Cantilène 2015 (£13.50 Wine Soc)
gloriously ripe
Château Sainte-Marie Bordeaux Supérieur 2015 (£10.95 Great Western Wine, 13.5% abv)
unusually gratifying this year, with lovely, supple, ripe fruit
Château Vieux Manoir 2015 (£6.99, Co-Op, 13.5% abv)
a very decent basic claret – make sure it’s the 2015 you’re buying
Domaine Calot Morgon Tête de Cuvée (£13.50 Stone Vine & Sun; 13.5% abv)
rich, opulent; should drink well until 2021
Domaine Serge Laloue Sancerre Cuvée Silex 2015 (£36 magnum, Wine Society)
fabulous; by no means cheap, but it would be a real treat for Christmas

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

PEGASUS BAY RIESLING 2014 (13.5%; £16.99 Waitrose)
Beautifully balanced petrol and lime notes, full rich ripe flavours
EARTH’S END RIESLING 2015 Mount Edward (12.5%; £13.50 Marks & Spencer)
Steely zippy green apple style of Kiwi Riesling
YEALAND ESTATE SINGLE VINEYARD RIESLING 2016 (12%; £13.95 Valvona & Crolla)
Very zesty, vibrant, racy full citric and honeysuckle flavours
GREYWACKE RIESLING 2014 (12%; £20-£24 Drinkmonger; Lockett Bros; Majestic)
Very stylish and balanced: zippy citric fruit, gentle ripe notes; off dry style
TINPOT HUT TURNER VINEYARD RIESLING 2013 (11%; £15.99 Provender Brown; Valhalla’s Goat)
Low in alcohol, but big in flavour with lime, mandarin and crisp apply flavours
KIM CRAWFORD MARLBOROUGH DRY RIESLING 2015 (11%; £13.50 Villeneuve; Fountainhall)
Citric, honey and ripe fruit notes
SEIFRIED AGNES SWEET RIESLING 2016 (10.5%; £16.99 hf bt Waitrose)
Luscious concentration with mandarin, apricot and marmalade notes

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Clos du Gaimont Vouvray 2015 (£12.99 Virginwines.co.uk)
dry, full-bodied, but with an underlying richness; apples and apricots
Domaine Des Forges Coteaux du Layon Chaume (£9.29 Waitrose.com; 37.7cl)
A bargain; buy now for Christmas desserts.
Bouvet Ladubey Saumur NV (£12.99 Majestic.co.uk)
dry, light, floral scented, gorgeously refreshing
Zalze Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2016; (£6 Morrisons on offer; £6.49 Waitrose on offer)
excellent value, all-purpose fridge door white
Boschendal Chenin Blanc 2017 (£8.50 Tesco.com)
In a similar vein, but much riper and fuller
Old Bush Vine Chenin Blanc Darling Cellars 2014 (£13.95 Frontierfinewines.co.uk)
complex wine combining minerality with intense layers of tropical fruits

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Les Allées de Cantemerle 2011 Haut-Médoc
 (13%, Berry Bros, £16)
Beginning to develop, with delicious mulberry flavours.
Château Sénéjac 2012/14 Cru Bourgeois, Haut Médoc (13.5%; Wine Society; Co-op 2014 £16.99)
reliable, good-value claret in the calm, classic style
Clos Montalbanie 2014 Pécharmant (13%, Co-op, £7.99)
Quiet, reserved, well put together, and actually rather claretty
Château le Joyeux 2015 Bordeaux Rouge (13.5%, Haynes, Hanson & Clark, £9.95)
A simple but vivid claret; deliciously perfumed lift
Château Tour Bel-Air 2014 Montagne St Émilion 
France (13.5%, H,H&C, £13.15)
clovey pomander spice and broad, rich red fruit
Clos Manou 2012 Médoc (13.5%, Lea & Sandeman, £23.95/22.75)
A big-boned, black-fruited cabernet-based blend
Château Capbern Gasqueton 2011 St Estèphe (13.5%, Waitrose, £22.99)
A truly brilliant wine for the price;. Polished St Estèphe flavours
Château Beaumont 2014 Cru Bourgeois (13.5%, Coop, £13.99)
Beaumont is an inexpensive, safe-pair-of-hands
Château Jouanin 2012 Castillon, Côtes de Bordeaux (13.5%, Co-op, £8.99)
beginning to mature so smells a little bit mushroomy; proper wine