25-02-2013 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 25/02/2013

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Tapada de Villar Vinho Verde 2011. £6.49, M&S

Like a spark of appley freshness – dry and zippy

The Doctor’s Sauvignon Blanc 2011. £8.99, Waitrose

Pow! Intense, exotic and very refreshing

Tesco Finest Bisol Prosecco Valdobbiadene. £11.99

Sherbet glory! A bubbly, upbeat thriller with bags of personality

Alain Chatoux Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes 2001. £10.95 bbr.com

Go Gamay! laced with fine summer berry flavours

Lidl Chablis 2011. £7.69

Fresh with a proper Chablis twist and a creamy texture

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Greywacke Marlborough Chardonnay 2010 NZ (Carruthers&Kent; Wine Company; Martinez)

Bright seams of acidity play across a richly complex wine

Plan de Dieu Domaine de la Meynarde Côtes du Rhône Villages 2011 (14.5%, M&S, £8.49)

could-drink-this-every-night; pleasing, craggy, pumice-like, powdery rasp

Buitenverwachting Cabernet Merlot 2009, South Africa (14%, Majestic, 2 @ £8.79)

slightly minty smell, a smoky tinge and smooth texture

the Independent – Terry Kirkby

Castell el Masroig Castell De Pinyeres 2008. ~£12.50, slurp.; jeroboams

richly textured and satisfying; silkily balanced and evolved

Fairhills Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot 2011. £7.99, Tesco

punchy, very moreish; perfect partner to baked gnocchi

Peacock Tail Sauvignon Blanc 2012. £7.49, Marks & Spencer

Thrillingly intense; pure gooseberry and grapefruit flavours

the Observer – David Williams

Waitrose Mellow and Fruity Spanish Red NV (£4.99, Waitrose)

juicy, bouncy even; fruity in a brambly jam kind of way

Mac Forbes Arneis, Yarra, Australia 2010 (£16.95, slurp; £22.99, Selfridges)

intensity of citrus and orchard fruit and nuts; mineral finish

Alan Chatoux Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes 2011 (£10.95, Berry Bros & Rudd)

versatile food-matcher; lively, fragrant example

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Raats Granite Blocks Chenin Blanc 2012 (2 @ £7.99 Majestic; 12.5% abv)

made from Fairtrade fruit

Co-Op Wild Ferment Chenin Blanc 2011 (£7.99; 13.5% abv)

attractively smooth; made at Stellenrust in Stellenbosch

De Bos Handpicked Shiraz 2011 (£7.98, Asda; 14% abv)

exuberantly ripe, full-bodied shiraz

Fairtrade Bonarda Shiraz 2012 Famantina (£4.99, Co-op; 12.5% abv)

juicy, swiggable; fantastic value

O Fournier 2008 Centauri Red )winedirect.co.uk, £11.95)

normally around £15-£16

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2011 F Stephen Millier Angel’s Reserve Chardonnay California. £9.49, Naked Wines

fresh and textured; apricot and pineapple fruit

2011 Minarete Ribera del Duero Spain. £5.49, Aldi

surprisingly soft bramble fruit; minerality; tannic grip

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2011 Paparuda Pinot Grigio, Romania £12 for two, Wine Rack

lively example; signature zip; apple and honey

2012 The Gum Pinot Grigio, Adelaide Hills, Australia £9.99, M&S

cross between a bright, herbaceous grigio and a riper-textured gris

2010 Pinot Gris Frédéric Mochel, Alsace, France £14.50

peachy and rich, but balanced by fresh spices, such as ginger

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