27-02-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 27/02/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Chateau Gillet Bordeaux 2009. £6.49 M&S

easy drinking wine with pleasing fruit. Excellent value.

Extra Special French Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. £8.97 Asda

inviting fragrance and blackberry-style aromas. Voluptuous wine

The Comeback Kid 2008, Australia. £9.99 Virgin Wine

juicy, intense, dark and full of big, easy fruit

Errazuriz Max Reserva Caberenet Sauvignon 2009. £11.99 Waitrose

Berry and chocolate aromas; long lasting flavours

Macon-Villages Les Côtes Blanches 2010. £7.99, Sainsbury’s

Rich, zingy, complex, long-lasting and a splendid wine

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Brezza Barbera d’Alba Cannubi Muscatel 2009 (Planet of the Grapes, £25)

dark crimson like blood and so light and gauzy in structure

The Olive Branch Grenache 2009 Australia (14.5%; Sainsbury’s, £9.99)

big, comforting, textured pom-pom of a red; dried herbs and red berries

Pizarras de Oteros 2010 Bierzo, Spain (14%; 2 @ £6.99, Majestic)

gentle graininess; savoury edge that makes me think of bitter chocolate

the Independent on Sunday – Terry Kirkby

Monteflores Malbec 2011. £9.99, M&S

supremely elegant Malbec, full of forward black fruits

Los Unidos Carmenère Cabernet Franc 2010. £5.99, Waitrose, Nisa, Booths

rich and juicy red fruits; structure and freshness

The Co-operative Fairtrade Torrontés Chardonnay 2011. £4.99

aromatic, ethereal and flowery; weighty tropical-fruit underpinning

the Observer – David Williams

Brown Brothers Tarrango, Australia 2010 (£7.49, Waitrose)

minimal tannins, fresh acidity and vivid berry fruit

Vignobles la Côterie Terrasse Pavée Séguret 2010 (£9.99, Sainsbury’s)

bright blackberry fruit, plenty of body and weight, some spice and pepper

Ataraxia Chardonnay, South Africa 2009 (£15.95, Stone Vine & Sun)

exceptionally elegant and precise, with soft, fleshy tropical fruit

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Garage Wine Co Field Blend Old Vine Carignan 2010 (£21.99, Wild Ferment, Bibendum)

super-velvety, perfect wine to drink with a spicy, slow-cooked shoulder of lamb

Co-operative Fairtrade 2011 Bonarda Shiraz (£4.99; 12.5% abv)

soft, juicy, from the La Riojana cooperative in Argentina

Co-operative Fairtrade Carmenère (down to £4.99 until 20 March; 13.5% abv)

lush, from Fairhills in Chile, a great red to serve with a lamb curry

Co-operative Gran Reserva Malbec 2011 (down to £6.39 from £7.99 until 20 Mar)

really quite impressive. A Fairtrade wine to lay down? Now that’s a first

Meerlust Merlot 2009 (on offer at £15.99 at Majestic; 14% abv)

a bordeaux-style red from South Africa with a lovely, sour cherry twist

Paul Mas Estate Gardemiel Vineyard Malbec 2010 (2 @ £6.99 Majestic; 13.5% abv)

a terrific buy from the Languedoc

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2010 Finest Vinho Verde Portugal. £5.50 (until Tuesday), Tesco

gentle freshness, aromas and lightness

2008 Le Coquille D’Oc Red Languedoc, France. £6.50, Vino, Edinburgh

excellent bramble fruit and an appealing, spicy chocolate finish

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Wither Hills Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough, New Zealand (Waitrose, £12.99)

seductive, summery perfume and vibrant red-berry fruit

Secano 2010-11, Leyda Valley Chile (Marks & Spencer, £8.99)

cherryish pinot, elegant and fresh, with a mouth-watering aroma and tangy finish

Errazuriz Wild Ferment PInot Noir 2010, Chile (Booths, £10.99; Majestic, £11.99)

well-balanced but very fruity pinot packing in plenty of raspberry and a long finish

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