25th November 2019 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Forte Alto Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2018 (£6.49, Waitrose)
subtle floral-herbal freshness
Taste the Difference Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2018 (£8, Sainsbury’s)
gentle notes of pear, lemon and herb
Monte Tondo Soave Classico 2018 (£13, Pull the Cork; Harrogate Fine Wine)
rounded texture, stone-fruited richness and herb-and-nut bitterness

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Voyage au Sud 2018. £5.99 Waitrose
Smooth, easy-drinking Languedoc white made from the local rolle
Planalto White Reserva 2108. £6.99 Majestic
Bright, fresh, zippy Portuguese white: perfect party drinking.
Signargues 2018. £6.99 Aldi
Amazing price for a Côtes du Rhône village wines
Taste the Difference Western Australian Shiraz 2018. £6.75 Sainsbury’s
Exuberantly juicy, but not overly jammy Aussie red

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

ROSEROCK CHARDONNAY 2016 Domaine Drouhin. £29 Berry Bros & Rudd
Peach and pear aromas, minerally notes, lush mouthfeel and texture
OLD STONES CHARDONNAY 2017 Bergstrom. £29 The Wine Society
Citrus pith, succulent, bright acid, lovely textural feel
SEVEN SPRINGS LA SOURCE CHARDONNAY 2014 Evening Land. £73 Indigo Wine
Struck match aroma, intense citrus fruits, minerally; textural mouthfeel.
WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR 2015 Eyrie Vineyards. £35Savage selection; justerinis
Wild berry aromas, fresh, savoury, lovely complexity, balanced acid.
DUNDEE HILLS PINOT NOIR 2016 Domaine Drouhin. £37.50 Berry Bros & Rudd
Candied dark cherry & plum fruit, light spice, soft rounded tannins
WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR 2016 Nicolas Jay. £72 www.bbr.com
Dark cherry fruit, rich, intense with soft approachable silky tannins
MARESH PINOT NOIR 2018 Kelley Fox. £54 Les caves; Exel wines
Beautifully perfumed, spicy, ripe dense fruit, soft tannins
CUMBERLAND RESERVE PINOT NOIR 2016 Bergstrom. £48 Roberson Wines
Fresh, aromatic, earthy spicy notes, good acidity, soft smooth tannins.

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Ridgeview Bloomsbury NV (£28.99 waitrose.com; £30.00 winebuyers.com)
gorgeously effervescent, bursting with citrus, peach and pear flavours
Graham Beck Brut NV (£14.99 waitrosecellar.com; £15.99 majestic.com)
punchy, creamy, zesty flavours
Adnams Bacchus 2018 (£13.99 adnams.co.uk)
a real gem, well made, with lovely zesty citrus flavours
The Surrey Bacchus Reserve 2018 (£17.00 M&S stores)
full of apple and elderflower flavours
Bolney Pinot Gris (£19.99 bolneywineestate.com)
smoky and very slightly spicy, with honeyed pear and fennel flavours
Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc Vineyard Selection 2018 (£17.75 flagshipwines)
rich, honeyed, lightly tropical fruit flavours and a dry, long finish
Bizoe ‘Henrietta’ Rikus Neethling, Franschhoek 2016 (£22.95 davywine.co.uk)
tropical-fruit character with some brioche-style notes
Devil’s Peak Limited Edition Pinotage 2018 (£9.99 virginwines.co.uk)
light on its feet and full of velvety dark fruits
Diemersdal Cape Town Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018 (£7.99 aldi.co.uk)
juicy dark fruits and some complexity
Oastbrook Sparkling Rose 2014 (£36.50 hawkinsbros.co.uk; £38.50 oastbrook.com)
precise cherry and blackberry flavours

the Telegraph – wine columnists

Domaine de l’Idylle Cuvée L’Orangerie, 2018, Savoie. Yapp, £12.25
bracing, bone dry Alpine white; refreshes like an icicle of grapefruit juice
Lenton Brae Semillon-Sauvignon, 2018, Margaret River. Private Cellar, £15.50
hint of dried grass, lemongrass and faint beeswax
Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay, 2017, New Zealand. Lea & Sandeman, £23.95
Beautiful and rounded with hints of roasted almonds and hazelnuts
Agnès Paquet Auxey-Duresses Blanc, 2017, Burgundy. Haynes, Hanson & Clark, £27.75
gentle sheen of oak; drinking well now.
J-B Ponsot Rully Blanc 1er Cru Molesme, 2016, Burgundy. stannarywine, £29.50
excellent nutty, crystalline Rully.
Vincent Delaporte Mont Damnés Chavignol Sancerre, 2017. Lea & Sandeman, £33.50
from the silex soils; great precision and depth
L’Esprit de Chevalier Blanc, 2015, Pessac-Léognan. Berry Bros & Rudd, £38
attractive interplay of waxiness and baked lemon and hot grapefruit
Rémi Niero Les Ravines Condrieu, 2017, France. Lea & Sandeman, £42.75
heady perfume like honeysuckle, apricots, galangal and nectarines