26-09-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 26/09/2011

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Altos del COndor Sauvignon Gris 2010, £7.99, M&S

snappy sharp zinger that’ll appeal to fans of zesty sauvignon blanc

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Albarino 2010, £7.99

Subtle aromatic twist a bit like the tang of a peach

Llai Llai Carmenere 2009, £7.99 Tesco

Scent of white pepper and plenty of brooding flavours

I Monili Primitivo del Tarantino 2010, 2 @ £6.99 Majestic

Perfumed aromas with some structure, but moderate alcohol

Domaine de Felines Picpoul de Pinet 2010, £7.99 Waitrose

Refreshment, invigoration and sheer class at a great price

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Fortnum & Mason Côtes du Rhône Andre Brunel 2009 France (13.5%, £7.90)

juicy red with hints of tar is great value and one to lay in for winter

Contino Rioja 2005 Spain (14%, M&S, 80 branches only, £22)

immaculate rioja, sleek and arresting

Errazuriz Chardonnay 2010 Chile (13.5%, £8.58, Asda, Sains, Maj; Booths)

sunny, broad, welcoming chardonnay with just an edge of oak

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Bordière Nord Syrah Grenache, Vin de Pay d’Oc. 2 = £5.99, Majestic

Deep coloured and aromatic; spicy damsony freshness, with a rustic dry edge

2009 Tesco Finest Sonoma County Chardonnay. £8.99, Tesco

ripe peachy fruit with the oatmealy flavours of the lees and a nutty finish

2008 Château Haut Ballet, Fronsac. £14.24, Waitrose Wine Direct

A vanilla-scented touch of oak in the aroma and a ripe black fruit character

the Observer – David Williams

Viognier de Pennautier, France 2010 (£7.25, Berry Bros & Rudd)

one of the best-value white wines around at the moment

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa 2010 (2 @ £9.99 Majestic)

weight and depth as well as those characteristically green flavours

Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz, Australia 2010 (£17.75, hailsham cellars; £17.85, slurp)

fabulously pure black-fruited beauty; Dense and powerful but vivid

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Languedoc White (£7.99; 13.5% abv)

heavyweight blend that would drink well with roast pork belly

De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2009 (£13.59 on offer, Majestic; 14% abv)

lush, buttery; a wine you could drink with full-flavoured birds

The Bernard Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2010(£8.79 on offer, Majestic; 14% abv)

Limited Release, slightly cheaper but appealingly smooth

Gathering Sauvignon Semillon The Lane 2009 (£19.49, Corney & Barrow; 13% abv)

beautifully crafted blend from an award-winning producer

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2010 Maison du Languedoc Grenache Merlot France, 13%. £6.99, Morrisons

A well-made, chewy blend with morello cherry and red plum flavours

2010 La Grille Sauvignon Blanc Touraine, France, 12%. £6.49, Majestic

intense with sherbet lemon-centred acidity and a soft jaffa orange finish

2009 Kiwi House Pinot Noir Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 13%. £11.99, Lockett Bros

Smooth and rich with cherry and blackcurrant fruit

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Bramley and Gage Damson Gin, England (Waitrose, thedrinkshop from £12.19 for 35cl)

one of the best fruit liqueurs around, dark-hued, intense and sweetly ripe

Tesco Finest Australian Dessert Semillon 2007 (£6.49 for 35cl)

A great-value ‘sticky’ with apricot, orange and butterscotch

Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 2009, Loire, France (Berry Bros & Rudd, £36.25)

revel in the ripe yellow apples, honey and quince flavours

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