26th August 2019 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Bouchon Salvaje País, Maule, Chile 2017 (~£15.95, slurp; oxfordwine; noblegrape)
brilliantly sappy and tangy light red wine
Chateau Fouquet Rouge Saumur, Loire 2017 (£14.50, yapp.co.uk)
crunchy currant and berry succulence, leafty freshness
Blankbottle Moment of Silence, South Africa 2018 (£18.95, swig.co.uk)
richness of tropical and stone fruit and a creamy broadness of texture
Waitrose Manzanilla Fina Sherry, Sanlúcar NV (£7.69, Waitrose)
joyful fresh citrus and apple and Marmite-yeasty savouriness
Taste the Difference Barrihuelo Rioja Rosado 2018 (£7.50, Sainsbury’s)
more body and ripe strawberry-ish fruity flavour than the usual modern pink
Cleto Chiarli Villa Cialdini Lambrusco, Italy 2018 (~£12.95, etonvintners; slurp; nywines)
balance of tangy cherry-ish acidity, dark plum and blackberry exuberance

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Côtes de Saint Mont Les Vignes Retrouvées 2017. £8.95 Wine Society
Exotically fruity but dry; would be good with a pad thai
Gavi Quadro Sei 2018. £8 Marks & Spencer
Crisp, whistle clean white from the Araldica co-op in Piemonte
Cop de Ma Priorat 2017. £13 larger Co-ops
Bold, ballsy blend of garnacha and mazuela. Great with a steak
Fleurie 2018. £10 Marks & Spencer
Pretty, juicy Beaujolais from the Cave des Producteurs de Fleurie

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

COEUR DE CARDELINE ROSE 2018 (12.5%) £9 exclusive to Co-op
Pale pink, delicate vibrant strawberry fruits, creamy texture, red berry finish
COTEAUX VAROIS EN PROVENCE 2018 (12%) £9 Marks & Spencer
This stylish sleek pale rose has wonderfully crisp acidity.
LANGHE ROSATO 2018 Trediberri (12.5%) £12.95 Berry Bros & Rudd
Beautifully balanced, medium bodied refreshing take on local Piedmont grapes.
STUDIO BY MIRAVAL 2018 (13%) £12 exclusive to Co-op
Stylish minimalist label, pale pink colour, delicate creamy fruits
BARDOLINO CHIARETTO ROSE 2018 Monte de Fra (12.5%) £12.50 Berry Bros
Red berried fruit aromas, crunchy juicy palate with a vivid acidity.
THE SOCIETY’S CORSICAN ROSE 2018 (12.5%) £9.95 The Wine Society
Ripe zesty raspberry fruits, liquorice notes, dry palate and pronounced acid.
16 LITTLE BLACK PIGS ROSE 2018 (12.5%) £8.99 Virgin Wines
Deep coloured, pungent red berry fruits, slightly sweet and spicy style
VIGNA FLAMINIO ROSATO 2018 Vallone (13%) £8.25 The Wine Society
Dark coloured, powerful, dry, full bodied rosato style
CHATEAU DES MURAIRES SEDUCTION 2018 (13%) £16.99 www.laithwaites.co.uk
Ripe fruit notes, herby undertones, really elegant, fresh, vibrant
DE MARTINO GALLARDIA CINSAULT ROSE 2017 (12.5%) £12.99 Virgin Wines
Light raspberry fruit, crunchy chewy palate with weight and structure
LAS MULAS CABERNET SAUVIGNON ORGANIC ROSE 2018 (13%) £9.39 Waitrose
ripe cherry fruit aromas, full ripe chewy red fruits on palate
BREAK A LEG ROSE 2018 Lukas van Loggerenberg (12%) £17 Lockett Bros; Justerini
Deliciously light and elegant, moderate in alcohol

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Denbies Sparkling Bacchus 2016 (£16.95 denbies.co.uk)
light, creamy and undemanding, with crisp apple flavours
Kuehn Brut Cuvee Prestige Crémant​ D’Alsace NV (£12.99 virginwines)
light and fresh with apple and pear flavours, but has a little more going on
Mirabeau La Folie (£14.99 waitrose.com)
as delicious and stylish as anything out of Provence
Ill Frappato Di Santa Tresa Spumante (£14.00; various independents)
vibrant red berry fruit flavours
Il Fresco Villa Sandi Prosecco Brut DOC (£12.50 bellavitashop)
flowery, summer’s day aromas, apple flavours and a clean dry finish
Cava Brut Reserva NV Savia Viva (£16.95 davywine.co.uk)
Refreshing, creamy citrus flavours; drier, cleaner style
Brown Brothers Sparkling Brut, (£19.99 sandhamswine.co.uk)
classic champagne method from pinot meunier, pinot noir and chardonnay

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Morrisons The Best Palo Cortado Sherry (19%, £6 half-bottle)
Toasted hazelnuts, brazils, sultanas and caramel mingle here
Waitrose Don Gaspar Dry Amontillado Sherry (19%, £11.99, Ocado)
fruity layers of prunes and Seville orange marmalade
Pedro’s Almacenista Selection Palo Cortado Sherry (20%, £17.99 Majestic)
Intense flavours of raisin and dried fig; savoury, salty streak