25-10-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 25/10/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2009 Limari Pinot Grigio, Concha y Toro. Marks & Spencer, £5.49 on offer

Seductive, spicy, sunny; zesty, citrusy palate

2009 Darting Estate Dürkheimer Michelsberg Riesling, Pfalz. M&S, £8.49

oozing lively, grapey, classic kerosene-redolent spice.

2007 Extra Special Crozes-Hermitage, France. Asda, £5.97 until Nov 1

Gorgeous, ripe, peppery northern Rhône syrah.

2009 Extra Special Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Ogier, France. Asda, down to £10.85

Young, winter-warming châteauneuf with zesty, herby spice

2007 Hawksburn Pinot Noir, Central Otag. Bibendum £18.75, Whole Foods, £19.99

remarkably authentic pinot noir flavours and floral, silky fruit

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Cono Sur Sparkling Brut NV (£10.99 Oddbins)

Lively, refreshing — from grapes picked just before full ripeness

2006 Castillo Perelada Cava Gran Claustro Brut Nature (£15.99 baileyswines.com)

Substantial with a medley of fruit dominated by guava and custard

Pommery Brut Royal NV (£27.01 rodneydensemwines.co.uk)

Classic, soft, sipping champagne — not just for arty parties

the Independent – Anthony Rose

Undurraga Rosé NV, Maipo Valley, Chile. £4.99 on offer, Majestic

plenty of sherbety, berry sweetness and enough refreshing zip

2010 Taste the Difference Silver Fish Sauvignon Blanc. £7.49, Sainsbury’s

zingy-fresh, herbal sauvignon blanc; nettle-tinged gooseberry fruit

2009 Craggy Range Te Muna Pinot Noir, Martinborough. £13.49, Marks & Spencer

red berry fragrance; seductive plum and dark cherry-fruit opulence

the Times – Tim Atkin

2009 Taste the Difference Côtes du Rhône Villages (£5.99, Sainsbury’s)

spicy, textured and unoaked with a core of red fruits and refreshing acidity

2008 El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa, Old Vine Garnacha, Navarra (2 @ £6.99 Majestic)

warm and spicy with violet and bramble aromas and flavours of sweet oak and pepper

2009 Ogier Crozes-Hermitage, Les Brunelles (£9.99, Morrisons)

spicy, deeply coloured, blackberry fruit example

2007 Domaines Latrille, Château Jolys Cuvée Jean, Jurançon (£12.99 Waitrose)

combining sweetness with tangy sourness; seductively oaked

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Valley 2009 (2 @ £5.99 Majestic; 13% abv)

piercingly intense, gooseberry, asparagus and passionfruit flavours

Taste The Difference Crozes-Hermitage 2009 (£8.49 Sainsbury’s; 13% abv)

typical northern Rhône syrah: warm and generous, with a dash of pepper

Montlouis Domaine Taille aux Loups Triple Zéro NV (£12.75 Justerini & Brooks; 12% abv)

No added sugar; beautifully rounded and peachy; better than cheap champagne

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2007 Berberana Vina Alarde Crianza, Rioja. 2 @ £5.99, Majestic

soft tannin and attractive acidity with juicy cherry and bramble fruit

2009 Domane Wachau Gruner Veltliner Terraces Austria. £7.99, Waitrose

Beautifully floral and complex; fennel, spicy and juicy tropical fruit

2009 Domaine de Bertier Sauvignon Viognier Cotes de Thongue. £5.99, Raeburn Fine Wine

perfumed white with rounded touches of apricot to underpin the initial lemon and pear

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Campbells Rutherglen Muscat, Australia (Oddbins, £11.99 for 37.5cl)

Unctuous, warming; full of brown toffee, raisins, cooked oranges

Taste the Difference Mclaren Vale Shiraz-Grenache 2008, (Sainsbury’s, £7.99)

Exuberant, no-nonsense Aussie red delivering big, ripe, plummy fruit

Louis Jadot 2009, Macon-Aze, France (Waitrose, £8.99)

Unoaked, but buttery, rounded Burgundian chardonnay, well balanced

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