23rd September 2019 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Alexis Pollier Mâcon-Villages 2017. £12.50 (Elicite, Stannary Wines)
a classy, crystalline, fine-boned chardonnay
De Bortoli Villages Chardonnay, Yarra Valley 2018 (£9.99, Aldi)
a balanced chardonnay that wouldn’t be out of place in Mâcon
Kumeu Village Pinot Noir, Auckland, New Zealand 2018 (£9.95, Wine Society; Noble Grape; Mr Wheeler; Field and Fawcett)
lithe in texture, bright in redcurrant and raspberry fruit

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

French Organic Rosé. £6.99 Aldi, 12.5%
A darker Languedoc rosé to enjoy with a pork chop. And at a good price
Corent Côtes d’Auvergne 2018. £9.50 Wine Society, 13.5%
A robust wine from a rosé-only appellation. Great with grilled lamb.
Rosado Cellar de Silos Ribera del Duero 2018. £14.95 Berry Bros, 13%
full-bodied; this one could certainly take on a paella.
Masseria Pietrosa Primitivo Rosato Salento 2018. £9.25 Morrisons, 12.5%
off-dry rosato would work with milder Indian and Cantonese food

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Wine in cans
THE UNCOMMON BUBBLY BACCHUS 2019 (11.5%) £4.99 250ml Waitrose
Very floral with hedgerow blossom notes, crisp acidity
THE UNCOMMON BUBBLY ROSE 2019 (11.5%) £5.99 250ml Waitrose
Strawberry fruits, clean crisp zippy acidity and dry refreshing fizz
THREE CHOIRS WHITE NV (11%) £4 187ml jascots.co.uk
Very flowery, juicy fruits, moderate length with a distinct sweetness
BAREFOOT PINOT GRIGIO NV (12.5%) £2.50 250ml Tesco
Slightly spritzy and peachy makes it moderately refreshing
ALLOY WINE & WORKS CHARDONNAY NV (14%) £9.95 375ml can St Andrews Wine Co
Big buxom full throttle Central Coast Chardonnay
FERDINAND ALBARINO 2017 (12.8%) £11 375ml can St Andrews Wine Co
Clear favourite – loved its apricot, pear notes, sweet sour flavours
NICE SAUVIGNON BLANC NV (11.5%) £2.80 250ml Sainsbury’s
Vegan-friendly Sauvignon crisp, dry but not very ‘nice’
THREE CHOIRS ROSE NV (11%) £4 187ml jascots.co.uk
Bright juicy red fruits, refreshing fresh blend
BAREFOOT WHITE ZINFANDEL NV (8.5%) £2.50 250ml Tesco
Sweet rose with sherbetty sugary winegum flavours
NICE PALE ROSE NV (12.5%) £2.80 250ml Sainsbury’s
Pleasant dry and crisp with strawberry fruit notes
THREE CHOIRS RED NV (11.5%) £4 187ml jascots.co.uk
Sweet cherry damsons, soft smooth tannins; acceptable
ALLOY WINE & WORKS EVERYDAY RED NV (14%) £9.95 375ml St Andrews Wine Co
Upfront ripe cherry fruits and raisiny rich spicy flavours

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Off the Line Hip Rose 2018 (£15.99 waitrosecellar, £18.99 gerrys)
pale, very dry, restrained and very linear cherry and raspberry fruit flavours
Domaine De Jarras Pink Flamingo Rose 2015 (£8.99 until 8 October, ocado)
very spicy and orange tinted, made from grenache grapes
Rioja Vega Tempranillo Blanco 2017 (£11.99 houseoftownend, £13.99 gustowines)
deliciously full bodied and rounded with green herbs and ripe tropical fruits
Winzer Krems Gruner Veltliner 2018 (£7.99 mixed six majestic)
white pepper, stone fruit and citrus flavours
Baciato Puglia Negroamaro Primitivo (£9.99 virginwines)
juicy brambly flavours, redolent of plums and blackberries
Altano Organic Douro (£7.99 until 8 October, waitrose)
full of smoothly unctuous brambly flavours; liquorice and woody notes

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Finest Sauternes 2015, Bordeaux​ (14%, £12 37.5cl, Tesco)
sweet citrus, light butterscotch, tinned peaches and marmalade
The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2015, NZ (11.5%, £14.99 37.5cl Majestic)
Crisp acidity still cuts through in tart streaks of grapefruit
Campbells Rutherglen Muscat Australia (17.5%, £12.50 37.5cl, Lea & Sandeman)
packed with raisins, figs, caramel and toasted nuts