24-01-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 24/01/2011

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Houghton Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon, Majestic Wine, £4.99

Snap up this stunning, grassy sauvignon — it won’t hang around for long.

2008 Houghton Cabernet-Shiraz-Merlot, Majestic, £4.99

Not as starry as the white; velvety, ripe, dusky, plum and currant.

2007 Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Chardonnay, Sainsbury’s, £6.16 from Wed

juicy, melon and tropical fruit-charged West Coast chardonnay.

2008 Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Shiraz, Sainsbury’s, £6.16 from Wed

fat, ripe, inky, berry fruit-laden shiraz is yours for a song.

2007 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico, Allegrini, 50cl, Liberty £34.99

luscious red bursts with gorgeous, creamy, smoky, prune and violet-perfumed style

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

South African Sauvignon Blanc, Elim 2008 (£9.95 Wine Society)

Grassy, delicious and ageable

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (£13.50 Wine Society)

Exquisite mix of minerals and grapefruit

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (£18 Majestic)

back on form and zingily full of pure fruit and lively acidity

the Independent – Terry Kirkby

The Barnard Series Basket Press Syrah, Bellingham, 2007. £10.99, sainsburys

full-bodied wine, with lots of chocolate-y, peppery, earthy notes

Mas Carlot Red Cuvée Tradition, 2009. £7.95 (sold in 12s) fromvineyardsdirect

rich, but more fruit-driven Syrah/Grenache.

Vin de Pays de Hauterive Le Clos Millesime, 2008. £8.49 oddbins.com

elegant, but with a robust, spicy undercurrent of toasty vanilla and coffee-bean

the Observer – David Williams

Torres Natureo, Spain (£5.69, waitrosewine.com)

the best alcohol-free wine I’ve tasted; aromatically grapey and peachy

La Grille Classic Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2008 (£6.64 on offer waitrosewine.com)

like a nicely plump, fresh apple, with great depth of flavour

Domaine les Yeuses “Les Epices” Syrah, (2 @ £6.99, Majestic)

delicate floral quality, a bit like violets; lip-smacking, black pepper-spice

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Blenheim Superb (7%) £15.95 a 375ml bottle, onceuponatree.co.uk

luscious dessert cider called made on ice-wine principles

Yarlington Mill (£2.40 for 500ml; 7.5%), onceuponatree.co.uk

beautifully mellow, medium cider.

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Suffolk Cyder (£1.99; 4.6%)

a great accompaniment to classic English cheeses

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2009 Ziel Pinot Grigio Chardonnay, Germany, £4.75, Co-op

A gentle off-dry blend; attractive flavours of banana, peach and pineapple.

2008 Les Yeuses Syrah Les Epices, France, £6.99 when you buy two Majestic

Hearty vin de pays with ripe cherry fruit and hints of cigars and roast almonds.

2009 Coiron Chardonnay Torrontes, Argentina, £6.99, Wildflower, Linlithgow

Excellent blend with clean, creamy apple flavours.

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

La Poda Verdejo/Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Majestic, £6.99)

fresh, tangy and limey, with gentle, softer layers of pears and green herb

Marks & Spencer Chablis 2008 Burgundy, France (£9.99)

fresh, mineral note; buttery hint of Burgundian chardonnay

Tesco Finest Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc 2009/10 South Africa (£8.16)

Fruity, off-dry white with apple and pear fruit, a subtle hint of guava

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