26-03-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 26/03/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2010. £7.99, Waitrose

Relatively light in alcohol; intense citrus buzz

Cigarra Shiraz/Tinto Barocca 2010. £7.50, Oddbins

Fragrant, spicy, richm juicy with oodles of lip-smacking flavour

Quinta de Crasto Douro 2009. 2 @ £8.49, Majestic

Fragrant, intensely fruity with lip-smacking intensity

Boas Vinhas Tinto 2009. £8.85 Jascots

Juicy and intense, its got a twirl of spice and fragrant hints

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2011. 2 @ £6.49, Majestic

Lemon. light, fresh and as pure as a laser beam

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Morrisons The Best Chianti Classico 2008 Italy (13%; £7.99)

easy-peasy, round and fruity Chianti with a lick of sour cherries

LAM Syrah 2010 Swartland, South Africa (13.5%; £10.95 Whistle Wines; Amps FW)

light and juicy syrah, with lots of layers and veils of perfume

Collioure Cornet Blanc 2010 France (14%; M&S, £11.99; 100 stores only)

ruffled texture; glints of almond paste and almond blossom

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur lie, Domaine Malinge. £6.15,Morrisons

ocean-breezy freshness; appley bite and crisp tang

2008 Viña Mayu Reserva Syrah, Elqui Valley, Chile. £9.99, Sainsbury’s

Smoke and tar assail the nostrils in the mould of the northern Rhone

2009 Esprit de Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru, Burgundy. £15.99, Waitrose

mineral-fruit quality and crisp acidity; ripe fruit

the Observer – David Williams

Zalze Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2011, South Africa (£7.49, Waitrose)

like a very swish fruit salad of exotic tropical fruit and crunchy green apples

Saint-Félix de Castelmaure, France 2010 (£8.49, Avery’s)

very fragrant red, which offers delightfully aromatic soft black fruit

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 2011 (2 @ £13.99 Majestic)

positively sings with the pure passion fruit; tingling, mineral edge

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Gewürztraminer 2011 (£7.99)

fresh, young; does a perfectly good job

Schlumberger Les Princes Abbés Gewürztraminer 2009 (2 @ £12.99 Majestic)

exotically perfumed; marked touch of sweetness that suggests Thai food

Trimbach Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre 2005 (£23, The Wine Society)

luscious; It’s expensive, yes, but it’s so decadently rich

Cono Sur Gewürztraminer 2010 (£7.11 waitrosewine.com, £7.35 slurp)

slightly softer and has less acidity than the classic Alsace style

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2010 Errazuriz Estate Shiraz, Chile. £6.74 until Tues, Waitrose

vibrant cherry fruit that mingles with soft touches of raspberry

2011 Santa Carolina Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Chile. £8.49 Majestic

clean crispness; tropical fruit (and especially sharp orange) flavours

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Morrisons French Cabernet Sauvignon, Pays d’Oc (£4.49)

fresh, dry and slightly spic; true blackcurrant flavour

Tesco Simply Chardonnay Reserve NV, South Australia (£4.99)

ripe, baked apples, a subtle dash of vanilla and a buttery finish

Sainsbury’s House Romanian Pinot Noir NV (£4.49)

aromatic, very soft, chocolatey pinot; juicy appeal of red cherries and damsons

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