23-04-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 23/04/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Finest Dessert Semillon 2008. £6.49 Tesco

lemony, mango-sweet, rich and syrupy

Elio Perrone Moscato D’Asti 2011. £6.75 The Wine Society

think sherbert lemons and elderflower fizz

Taste the Difference 12-Year-Old Pedro Ximinez. £7.99 Sainsbury’s

dark and gloopy, a bit like a hoard of figs and dates

Seriously Plummy Grand reserve Maury. £10.29 Waitrose

fist of berry fruits with a dollop of aromatic spice

Quinta do Cerdo Pedro Basta 2008. £12.50 The Wine Society

Intense, moreish, sleek and perfectly balanced

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Syrah Aymura 2009 Chile (14%, M&S 250 stores only, £11.99)

marries Chilean richness with Rhône-like overtones — think bacon fat and smoke

Château Segonzac Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux, (14.5%, Waitrose £7.99 until 8 May)

modern, smooth and easy, with malbec in the blend

Domaine Houchart Rose 2011 Côtes de Provence (13.5%, Wine Society, £7.50)

pale, dry rosé, chilled, refreshing, tasting of Provence

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Tesco Finest* Gavi. £5.98 until 30 April

Aromatic with zingy apple flavours, good weight; lively bite

2011 Secano Paico Vineyard Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc. Marks & Spencer, £11.99

intense fruit quality that’s gooseberryish in Sancerre mould

2007 Sideral, Altair. £16.99, D Byrne; Wood Winters; Wines of Interest

chocolatey opulence, fresh mint undertone and pristine fruit

the Observer – David Williams

Domaine du Cros Lo Sang del Pais, Marcillac 2011 (£7.95, Wine Soc; Highbury)

highly distinctive and refreshing red; vivid dark raspberry fruit

Herencia Altés Benufet Garnatxa Blanca, Spain 2010 (£12.99, Noel Young)

dense, textured mouthful of melon, tropical fruit and savoury flavours

Querciabella Chianti Classico, Italy 2009 (6 at £21.50 each, Armit)

effortlessly pure and refined Chianti

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

South Ridge Blanc de Noirs 2009 (12.5% abv, Laithwaites £19.99)

full-bodied structure and deep, pinkish-bronze colour

Oliver’s Classic Perry (Bristol Cider Shop £2.75; 5.4% abv)

refreshing, medium-dry gently sparkling style

Charles Martell Owler ( ristol Cider Shop £39.50 for 50cl)

Poire William-like pear spirit; made from his own pears

The Durham Brewery’s Magus Light Bitter (£2.99 Corks of Cotham)

Citrussy, refreshing, with a lovely aromatic hop character

Portobello Road No 171 Gin (£24.95 Gerry’s; £29.99 Selfridges; 42% abv)

big hit of juniper and a rich, soft, citrussy flavour

The Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Chateau Beneyt 2009 (£6.25, The Wine Society)

Uncomplicated by oak, a charming fresh, honest claret

Chateau Griviere 2004 (£11.99 Majestic Wine)

proof that modest 2004s are delicious now

Chateau Pey la Tour Reserve 2008 (£9.75, The Wine Society)

A very appealing Bordeaux Superieur. Ripe and charming

Chateau Grillet 2010 (£6.49, Marks & Spencer)

deep purple tinge, clean, bright, primary fruits and peardrop scents

Chateau La Rose Chatain 2007 (£9.99, Majestic)

Tannins surprisingly firm, dry and austere. Disappointing

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Castillo La Paz Tempranillo Syrah 2010, Spain (Waitrose, £5.46 until 8 May)

classic Spanish aroma of sweet strawberry and vanilla cream

Rigal The Original Malbec 2010, France (Asda, £5 until 5 May)

mouthwatering scent of juicy, plump, black cherries

DMZ Syrah 2009, De Morgenzon, South Africa (Majestic, £9.99)

rich toffee, plus clove and ginger spicing and plenty of ripe blackcurrant

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