25th April 2016 – weekly press roundup

It’s sad but true that it’s becoming harder and harder to put this resource together: the Independent appears to have dropped both of its wine columns since going online only, and the Telegraph seems to have persuaded its columnists that recommending the wines it sells via a tie-up with Waitrose is a priority. It does say something worrying about the decreasing space being allocated to wine in the national press.

the Observer – David Williams

Percheron Old Vines Cinsaut, South Africa 2014 (£5.95, Wine Soc; Slurp; N Young)
whiff of pretty red berries and cherries
Carlos Costoya Alodio Joven Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2015 (£11.50, Chester Wine)
distinctively wild, earthy, cherry scented, fluent
Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon, France 2013 (£11.50, H,H&C; Halifax Wine)
racy feel that combines with red fruit; in a good way, only just ripe

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Tesco Finest Pignoletto. £7.00
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Pignoletto. £7.50
Sainsbury’s version marginally has the edge; buy only on a special deal
Camel Valley Classic Cuvée (£28 in 94 Marks & Spencer branches & online)
pretty; made in Cornwall with grapes sourced from around the UK
Hambledon’s Classic Cuvée (£29 M&S, £28 Winetrust)
fresh, elegant, from Hampshire
Digby Fine English Leander Pink (£30 M&S, £26.99 Oxford Wine Co)
delicious also from Hampshire
Bluebell Vineyard Estates Hindleap Blanc de Blancs 2011 (£24 M&S)
rich, toasty, from Sussex; best value of the foure.

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Taste the Difference Sierra de Andia Navarra 2013 (£7 Sainsbury’s)
bright fresh juicy fruits; warm peppery
Vina Zorzal Garnacha Joven 2014 (£6.50 Wine Society; Indigo Wines)
smooth juicy crunchy black and red fruits; easy-quaffing
Vina Zorzal Graciano 2014 (£6.95 The Wine Society)
Spicy aromas, higher acidity and firm tannins: too austere
San Antolin Reserva Navarra 2005 Bodegas Sarria (£9.99 Waitrose)
Mellow savoury with sweet warm spicy flavours on the palate
El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa Old Vine Garnacha 2013 (£7.99 Majestic)
not quite as lush as in the past
Vina Zorzal Malayeto Garnacha 2013 (£9.95 The Wine Society)
spicy, peppery, dense fruits; intense and concentrated
Artazuri Garnacha 2013 Bodegas Artazuri (£11.99 Berry Bros; Ocado)
Licquorice, damson and bitter chocolate; light cedary undertones
Tierga Pura Garnacha 2010 Bodegas La Calandria (£31.95 Berry Bros)
Very intense, densely packed ‘organic’ Garnacha

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Cerutti Moscato d’Asti 2014, Piedmont, Italy (Berry Bros & Rudd, £12.95)
delightful sweet, grapey Italian fizz
Cleto Chiarli Vecchia Modena Lambrusco, Italy (Great Western Wine, £13.95)
deep pink froth, dry and with the tang of sour cherries
Cuvée Royale Crémant de Limoux, France (Telegraph Wine, £8.99)
Toasty depths here, and a hint of orange marmalade
Philippe Michel Cremant de Jura, France (Aldi, £7.49)
A great-value French fizz, tasting very dry, and whistle-clean
Tesco Cava Brut NV, Spain (£5)
Simple stuff; clean, snappy flavour
Codorniu Seleccion Raventos Cava, Spain (Majestic, £9.99)
toasty edge to its fresh apple fruit

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2015 Mesta Organic Old Vine Tempranillo, Spain. £6 until 25 Apr M&S
firm graphite and mineral touches beneath its black-cherry fruit
2014 Aldi Exquisite Collection Blanquette de Limoux, Franc. £7.99
savoury – almost saline – edges to its red and green apple fruit