23-02-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 23/02/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Fairhills, Fairtrade Colombard-Sauvignon, South Africa. Waitrose, £3.99

Lively, floral, grapey white that works with white meat and fish.

2007 Fairhills, Fairtrade Cinsault-Shiraz, South Africa. Waitrose, £3.99

Not as stylish as the white but this plummy, medium-weight red is good value

2008 Springfield, Special Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa. Majestic 2 @ £7.49

Intense, juicy, pea-pod and green tomato fruit.

2007 Domaine Haut-Lirou, Pic Saint-Loup, Majestic Wine, 2 @ £6.99

Briary, herby and velvety red with superb spicy fruit.

2007 Savigny-les-Beaune Blanc, Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard. Montrachet £15

delicious steely, elegant, pineapple-packed savigny

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2006 Shelmerdine Chardonnay, £11.49 (Oddbins).

From Australia’s Yarra Valley: toasty, concentrated and fresh

2006 Coralillo Chardonnay, £9.99 (Marks & Spencer).

From Chile’s San Antonio region:cashew-nut richness and candied peel zing

2007 Taste the Difference Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, £7.99 (Sainsbury’s).

Stylish, fresh, nutty and smoothly textured

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Tesco Finest Nero D’Avola. £4.49 until Tuesday

damsony bite makes it an ideal pasta basher

2007 Cuvée Balthazar Syrah, Vin de Pays d’Oc. £9.99, Waitrose

a touch of the northern Rhône’s pepper and juicy blackberry quality

2006 Pulenta Gran Corte VII, Mendoza. £19.95, Berry Bros & Rudd

Mulberry and cherry fruit flavours and juicy fresh acidity

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2006 Mayu Syrah Reserva, Elqui Valley (£8, 14%, Asda)

spicy, peppery, hauntingly elegant

2005 Pena de Pato, Dão (£5.59 each for two, 13.5%, Majestic)

brambly, juicy, fruit-packed

2007 Tesco Finest Fiano, Sicilia (£5.99, 13.5%)

rich, peach- and pineapple-like

2007 The Society’s Exhibition South African Sauvignon Blanc, Elim (£9.95, 13.5%, Wine Soc)

intense, mouth-watering.

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Finca Flichman Reserve Malbec 2007, Argentina (Waitrose, £6.49)

Big, beefy red, packed with ripe blackcurrant and spicy, vanilla oak

Hermits Hill Botrytis Semillon 2005, Australia (Marks & Spencer, £6.99 for 37.5cl)

luscious sugar, bright peachy fruit and refreshing zest

Tesco Finest Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Spain (£5.49 for 50cl)

immensely sweet, toffee-and-raisin PX is virtually indestructible

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Saint Péray Mousseux Brut NV (£13.75, yapp.co.uk)

delicious, sculpted, sparkling wine

Les Vignerons de Saumur, Saumur 2007 (£6.95, yapp.co.uk)

near perfect – on song, lightish bodied, eminiscent of hawthorn and currants

Château Cuvée Roubaud Costières de Nîmes 2007 (£7.50, yapp.co.uk)

gutsy, fruity, robust, peasantiness

Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf du Pape 2004 (£23.50, yapp.co.uk)

glowing and complete

Patrick Jasmin Côte Rôtie 2003 (£27.50, yapp.co.uk)

minerallic, magical, tingly and alive. A special occasion wine

Katnook Founder’s Block Coonawarra Cabernet 2005, (£8.99 Oddbins)

Superb, detailed cabernet with long perspectives and plenty of fruit

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