24-08-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 24/08/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Italia Pinot Grigio, Waitrose, £4.79 until Tuesday

sufficient leafy, lemony, spicy fruit to keep everyone smiling

2008 Terra Viva Merlot, Italy Waitrose, £4.79 until Tuesday

light, lively, plummy, unoaked, violet-scented, merlot

2008 Familia Zuccardi Pinot Grigio-Torrontes, Oddbins, £6.99

elegant, lime zest mouthful

2008 Donnafugata Polena, Sicily, Italy Oddbins, £10.99

ripe, peach-charged apéritif

2006 Chateau Ricardelle, La Clape, Berry, Bros & Rudd £8.10

gorgeous, floral, rose-perfumed bouquet; fat, peppery palate

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Saumur Champigny La Grande Vignolle 2007 (£96.75 x 12 Yapp)

Big, ripe nose, rich cherries and a minerally raciness

Reuilly 2008 Gérard Cordier (£89.55 x 12 Yapp)

gentle spiciness under a layer of yellow plums

Les Vieilles Vignes de Sylvaner, Ostertag 2007 (£11.25 Berry Bros)

intense flavours of peach, nectarine, fennel and greengages

the Independent – Anthony Rose

Tigress Sparkling Rosé Pinot Noir Chardonnay, £4.99, Majestic

berry fruit showing the soft texture of bottle age

2006 Spier Vintage Selection Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier, £9.81, Asda

mulberry and damson fruitiness, undertones of vanilla

2008 Mullineux White, Swartland, £13.95, Berry Bros & Rudd

rich dried fruit cut by citrusy acidity

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2006 Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel (from £7.49, Sainsbury’s, Majestic)

peppery, rich, old vine-sourced

2007 Teichert Ranch Petite Syrah, (£8.99, Marks & Spencer)

firmer, drier, damson and sage-scented

2006 Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay (£9.99 x 2 Majestic)

the toasty, citrus-tinged

2005 Edward’s Block Founder’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (£14.99, laithwaites)

elegant, understated

2007 Home Ranch Pinot Noir, De Loach (£11, Marks & Spencer)

ripe, textured, lightly oaked

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Marsanne Vin de Pays d’Oc 2008 (£3.28, Asda; 12% abv)

refreshing French white with no shuddering potholes or bumps

Vieille Fontaine Red 2008 (£3.28, Tesco; 11.5% abv)

fruity, smooth, unpretentious

Taste the Difference Primitivo 2007 (£5.99, Sainsbury’s; 13.5% abv)

stewed blackberry taste and loose, warm feel

Walter Massa Barbera Sentieri 2006 (£10.99, Waitrose, six branches only)

red with juice and tang. What I call a proper wine.

Scotland on Sunday – Will Lyons

Rueda Blanco 2008, Marqués de Riscal, Spain, 2 @ £5.62, Majestic

bursts with fresh, wildflower aromas reminiscent of a summer meadow

Château Mont Milan 2007, Corbières, France, 2 @ £4.99 Majestic

scented notes of dried fruits, dates and a whiff of eucalyptus

Clos d’Yvigne “Princesse de Clèves” 2008, Bergerac Blanc, 2 @ £7.99 Majestic

spritsy, tangy character with a deep finish

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Bimbadgen Estate Botrytis Semillon 2006, Australia (Majestic, £7.99 37.5cl)

peachy, with marmalade, fresh citrus and a faintly spicy hint

Feiler-Artinger Beerenauslese 2007, Austria (Waitrose, £10.99 37.5cl)

sumptuous flavours of preserved lemon and pineapple; crisp, zingy finish

Sainsbury’s Asti non-vintage, Italy (£4.36)

Grapey, floral sweet fizz made for partnering fresh fruit and cream

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