26 February 2018 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Schuchmann Mtsvane Georgian Dry White, Kakheti 2015 (£8.25, Wine Society)
floral fragrance and grapefruit zinginess in an easy-drinking dry white
Château Mukhrani Rkatsiteli 2015 (£10, Marks & Spencer)
spicy, fresh dry white
Tblvino Qvevris 2015
chewier, fuller-bodied, qvevri-made, herb-and-apple-scented
Pheasant’s Tears Saperavi, Kakheti, Georgia 2016 (£19.95, Noel Young)
ever-evolving, nutty, tangy, earthy red
Orgo Saperavi, Kakheti, Georgia 2015 (£20, Roberson)
delectably dark but pure and supple, with wild dark cherry and blackberry
Dakishvili Family Vineyards Vita Vinea Kisi Amber (£22.50, Bottle Apostle)
fills the mouth with white flowers, silky textured ripe quince and apple
Telavi Marani Satrapezo Qvevri Saperavi, Kakheti 2014 (£24.99, georgianwinesociety)
deep, dark, sumptuously ripe, rich, glossy saperavi red

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Odd Lot, £9.99 Aldi, 14.5%
Full-bodied blend of petite sirah and petit verdot from Monterey
Podere Macinatico Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2016. £7.49 Lidl, 13%
Versatile Tuscan white. Think spaghetti vongole
Campos de Solano Malbec Tannat 2016. £11 Marks & Spencer, 14%
Ballsy red from Bolivia; from vineyards 1,850m above sea level
Undurraga Viognier-Roussanne-Marsanne 2016. £7.50 Wine Society 14%
Exotic, Rhône-style white. Drink with roast chicken

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Cremant d’Alsace Mayerling Brut NV (£14 Woodwinters)
Stylish floral creamy delicate fizz
Muscat Kuentz Bas 2015 (£12.50 thewinesociety.com)
delicious blend of grapey, floral and honeyed fruits finishing dry
Muscat Turckheim 2016 Zind-Humbrecht (£14 gonzalezbyassuk.com)
Zesty slightly herby with deep minerally core
Riesling Grand Cru Altenberg 2011 G. Lorentz (£24 Exel Wines; Inverarity)
Mature diesel aromas, rich honeyed textural palate from a true Grand Cru
Pinot Gris Cuvee Albert 2015 Albert Mann (£20 joseph barnes; thegoodwineshop)
Light smoke and honey aromas, spicy, expressive with rich intense finish
Pinot Gris Eichberg 2012 Kuentz-Bas (£22 thewinesociety.com)
Hints of caramel and vanilla, rich honeyed palate
Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr 2010 (£22 armit)
Ripe fig and lychees, sweet nuanced palate with great depth
Pinot Noir 2016 Paul Blanck (£14.99 Waitrose)
Pale, delicate Pinot; expressive cherry fruit aromas; gentle soft tannins
Pinot Noir Cuvee de Reserve 2015 Martin Schaetzel (£18.99 Raeburn)
Bright juicy vibrant red made in a modern powerful style
Riesling Vendanges Tardive 2005 Rolly Gassmann (£25.65 Berry Bros; Raeburn)
hints of botrytis noble rot, waxy vinosity and green tea notes

the Independent – Terry Kirby

La Stoppa Ageno 2010 (£27.99 haywines.co.uk; £28.45 lescaves.co.uk)
fabulously perfumed, a nutty, mineral feel in the mouth and bone dry
Kloster Ebernach Experimental Orange Riesling 2014 (£27.00 redsquirrelwine.com)
perfumed, nutty and somehow, extremely moreish
Grosset Spring Vale Clare Valley Riesling 2017 (£21.00 winesociety.com)
intense flavours of grapefruit and green apples; bone dry and bracing
Wieninger Wiener Gemischter Satz Bisamberg 2016 (£103.62 for 6; thefinewinecompany)
incredible fresh, vibrant, chalky minerality and a fantastically dry, spicy finish
Karasi Areni Noir 2014 (£22.06 thedrinkshop.com; £22.50 winedirect.co.uk)
perfumed nose, fresh and medium bodied, yet fabulously rich and powerful
Chateau Cambon 2016 (£14.95 buonvino.co.uk; £15.50 josephbarneswines.com;)
Pure red fruits, a sense of earth, smoke and spice, elegant and balanced
Maris Minervois Vielles Vignes 2016 (£10.99 ocado.com; waitrosecellar.com)
biodynamic, unfined, Syrah from the excellent La Liviniere area of the Languedoc

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

3C Cariñena 2016, Spain (13.5%, The Wine Society, £5.75)
Sumptuous as thick crimson velvet, yet also fresh
Exquisite Malbec 2017, Uco Valley, Argentina (13%, Aldi, £5.99)
tastes of stewed damsons and roasted plums; fragrant violetty lift
Domaine Gayda Syrah 2016, France (13.5%, Cambridge Wine Merchants, £9.99)
A serious syrah; gunflint, violets, black pepper and black cherries
Clos Montalbanie 2014 Pécharmant, France (13%, Co-op, £7.99)
light, fresh and satisfying
Aldonia Vendimia 2015 Rioja, Spain (14.5%, Tanners, £8.95)
fresh and sleek wine, scented like crimson berries, with gentle oak
Viña Eguía Rioja Crianza 2015 (13.5%, Majestic; £8.99/£6.99)
warm vanilla and spice notes, but it’s still remarkably fresh and crisp
Palladino Biferno Rosso Riserva 2012 Italy (13%, Booths; Gt Wstrn Wine, £8/£8.50)
A smooth, richly fruity, oak-aged red; amarena cherries, baked blueberries
Pas des Roches Côtes du Rhône 2016 France (14.5%, Haynes, Hanson & Clark, £10.40)
Château de Caraguilhes Organic 2014 Corbières, France (13%, Waitrose, £9.99)
whiff of wild boar salami, dried herbs, dried figs and white pepper
finest* GSM 2015 McLaren Vale, Australia (14.5%, Tesco, £8)
inky, saturating depth of flavour you don’t find in France