25-05-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 25/05/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 La Finca Sauvignon Blanc, Argentina Marks & Spencer, £4.99

floral, lime-zest-spiked white, fermented and aged in stainless steel

2008 Vinalta, Malbec, Mendoza, Domaine Vistalba, Argentina Marks & Spencer, £5.49

ideal barbecue red with suitably its full, fat, burnt, spiced plum fruit.

2008 The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc, d’Arenberg, Australia Co-op, £8.99

grassy, spritzy, summer sauvignon gets my vote

2006 d’Arry’s Original Shiraz-Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia Co-op, £9.99

ripe, spicy, clove-scented 50-50 grenache-shiraz blend

2007 Sierra du Sud Côtes du Rhône, Domaine Gramenon, Caves de Pyrène £15.50

oozes gorgeous, herby, tannic, liquorice spice

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Rosé Vin de Pays des Alpilles 2008, Lansac (£9 abvintners.co.uk)

Light, airy, pale and savoury with hints of cream

Raimat Abadia Rosé 2008 (£6.99 tauruswines.co.uk)

I thought this was dull when I first tried it. Next day it had opened up

The Homestead Rosé 1997 (£75 for 3 magnums sundaytimeswineclub.co.uk)

brassy, sparkling Australian should have died long ago, but is in rollicking old age

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 The Co-operative Pinot Grigio, Veneto. £4.99

crisp acidity of this juicy apple and pear-like example

2008 Anakena Single Vineyard Viognier, Rapel. 3 @ £5.99, Wine Rack

close in quality to the northern Rhone’s viognier grape

2008 Domaine Cordier, Vire Clessé. £11.99, special offer, Majestic

nutty aromas lead to rich stonefruit flavours and juicy, limey acidity

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2001 Château Tour du Haut-Moulin, Haut-Médoc (£10.99, 13%, Majestic)

robust claret with perceptible tannins

2008 Tagus Creek Shiraz/Touriga Nacional Rosé (£5.56, Tesco)

plum skin and red cherry-like

2007 Alsace Gewürztraminer, Cave de Turckheim (£7.99, Marks & Spencer)

spicy, perfumed

2007 Errázuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay (£9.99, The Co-operative)

refined, lightly oaked

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Barbadillo Solear Manzanilla Sherry, Spain (Waitrose, £4.49 for 37.5cl)

super-fresh, yeasty, lemon-drenched sherry

Marks & Spencer Petit Chablis 2007, France (£3.79 for 25cl)

fine, buttery, crisp chablis, perfect with light chicken dishes or salmon

Noble One Botrytis Semillon de Bortoli 2006 (Majestic, £14.99 for 37.5cl)

gorgeous flavours of marmalade, honey, peach and quince

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2004 (3 @ £6.66 Wine Rack)

an Aussie shiraz that has brightness, is overt and all but growls

Altos del Condor Malbec 2008 (£6.99, Marks & Spencer)

savoury and balanced, one for a juicy homemade beefburger

Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2007 (£9.99, Co-op; 2@£8.79 Majestic)

delicious: wonderful, chewy mealiness

Chain of Ponds Pilot Block Sangiovese-Barbera-Grenache 2005 (3@£5.99 Wine Rack)

powdery, dappled mouthfeel; and though not light-bodied, it is refreshing

Tesco Finest Tingleup Great Southern Riesling 2008 (£6.99, Tesco)

lilting, tangerine-ish riesling that’s ideal as a first glass of the evening or with chilli prawns

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