26th November 2018 – wine press roudup

the Observer – David Williams

Morrisons The Best Côtes du Rhône Villages, France 2017 (£7)
heartily gluggable peppery red-berried wine
Berry Bros & Rudd Côtes du Rhône Rouge, France 2017 (£11.45) almost racy crunchy blackberry freshness and savoury tinge
St-Cosme Côtes du Rhône, France 2017 (£14.99, Handfords; VINVM) sinewy and savoury with brambly fruit, blood and herbs

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Aerstone Sea Cask Whisky. £20 (on offer) Tesco, 40%.Easy-drinking, smartly packaged whisky – good value at launch price.
Allt-A-Bhainne Single Malt. £33.75 Whisky Exchange, £37 Sainsbury’s
Lovely mingling of Speyside sweetness and a touch of peat
The Gauldrons. £48.69 Master of Malt, £49.95 Whisky Exchange, 46.2%.
subtle, heathery whisky; beautiful label and box.
Wolfburn Northland Single Malt. £45.95 Whisky Exchange, £49.95 Ocado, 46%.
Lovely apple and pear aroma; most northerly mainland distillery.

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

SERBIA: FODOR ORANGE WINE 2016 Mauer (£17.50 Wine Society)
Delicate hints of apricot and honey, herb and spice undertones
CRETE: ASSYRTIKO 2017 Domaine Lyrarakis (£12.95 Berry Bros)
Fresh citric zesty, attractive vibrant grapefruity white
SLOVENIA: KRASNO SAUVIGNON BLANC RIBOLLA 2017 (£8.49 Majestic Wine)
Refreshing unoaked, citric fruited zingy Ribolla Gialla blend.
GEORGIA: TBLVINO QVEVRIS 2015 (£10 Marks & Spencer)
an ‘orange’ wine with apricot notes and gripping tannins.
WALES: ANCRE HILL ROSE 2015 (£18.95 Henris of Edinburgh; thewinebutler.co.uk)
Light minerally sappy grapefruit tinged Pinot Noir-based rose.
CZECH REPUBLIC: FRANKOVKA 2016 Tomas Cacik (£16 Wine Society)
blackberry fruit with leathery tarry undertones and a spicy savoury finish.
ARMENIA: KARASI ZORAH 2015 (£21-£27 winedirect.co.uk; buonvino.co.uk)
Generously fruity, complex, elegant minerally red.
BULGARIA: COLINE D’ENIRA 2014 (£12.99 laithwaites.co.uk)
Generously fruity silky textured oak aged blend
SYRIA: GRAND VIN DE SYRIE 2010 Domaine de Bargylus (£37 highburyvintners.com)
A luscious peppery spicy blend
MOLDOVA: CHARDONNAY DULCE ALB 2013 Chateau Vartely (£13.99 .laithwaites.co.uk)
delicate body with a honeyed smooth rounded palate.

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Blandy’s Duke of Sussex Sercial Madeira (£12.59 drinksupermarket.com)
tawny coloured, fresh and nutty
Blandy’s Alvada 5-year-old (£12.85 thewhiskyexchange.com)
rich and resonant flavours
Blandy’s 10-Year-Old Malmsey (£18.75 thewhiskyexchange.com; £19.46 thedrinkshop.com; 50 cl)
deep and complex, with spices, toffee and caramel notes
Henriques & Henriques 10-Year-Old Sercial Madeira (£19.99 waitrose; £20.00 thewinesociety.com 50cl)
incredibly long finish as you relish the flavours of nuts and citrus
Berry Bros. & Rudd Spy, 5-Year-Old Sercial (£15.16)
floral aromas and notes of figs and other dried fruits.
Barbeito 10-Year-Old Verdelho (£31.75 leaandsandeman.co.uk) has some slightly sweeter notes of dried apricots emerging
Henriques & Henriques: H&H 10-Year-old Bual Madeira (£18.83 thedrinkshop.com; £18.95 cotswoldport.co.uk) medium rich, lots of toffee and caramel