27-07-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 27/07/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Knappstein Three, Clare Valley, Australia Co-op, £8.99

terrific floral, zesty, spicy pizzazz makes much posher wines pale.

2008 Caliterra Estate Grown Merlot, Chile Majestic 2 for £4.99 each

Young, tasty, Chilean merlot with loads of fat creosote and plum fruit

2007 Haselgrove, Cellar 150 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Majestic 2 for £4.99 each

gorgeous, ripe, fat, creamy, oaky, blackberry spice — an Aussie steal.

2007 Errazuriz “Wild Ferment” Chardonnay, Chile Co-op £7.99

delivering a richer, riper, yeastier chardonnay.

The 2006 Society’s French Cabernet, Vin de Pays 2006 Wine Society £9.95

oozes bold, ripe, earthy, creosotey spice

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2007 (£14.99; 3 @ £9.99 Wine Rack)

charming, perfumed syrah

Craggy Range Block 14 Syrah 2006 (£16.99 Waitrose)

minerality, pepperiness, deep fruit and ageing potential

St Chinian Syrah des Garrigues 2005 (£16Marks & Spencer)

densely rich and cigar-boxy .

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Tesco Finest Nero d’Avola. £4.49, down from £5.99 to Tuesday

delightful, cherryish rosso; softly juicy, summer-pudding fruit

2007 Val do Salnés Albariño. £9.99, Marks & Spencer

aromatic, peachy richness of flavour; tempered by crisp acidity

2007 Henschke Louis Semillon, Eden Valley. £12.99, Waitrose

apple and gooseberry-like concentration; balanced by a tonic freshness

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2002 Trimbach Riesling d’Alsace, Cuvée Frédéric Emile (£26, 12.5%, The Wine Society)

bone dry, minerally

2006 Joseph Drouhin, Beaune Clos des Mouches (£55, 13.5%, Waitrose Wine Direct)

richer, oakier, yet beautifully focused; quite young, but opens up nicely in a decanter

2004 Beaune Premier Cru, Clos du Roi, Joseph Boillot (£39.95, Swig)

silky, fragrant

1989 Château Léoville-Barton, St Julien (£83.30, 13%, Farr Vintners)

mature, complex claret from one of my favourite people in the wine business

2004 Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance (£29 per 50cl, 14%, Wine Soc; The Sampler)

honeyed, intense, grapey; one of the world’s great historic sweet wines.

Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut (£24.50, 12%, Adnams)

elegant, refined; one of my favourite all Chardonnay bubblies

2008 Paul Mas Estate Marsanne, Vin de Pays d’Oc (£7.99, 13.5%, Majestic)

refreshing, honeysuckle-scented

2005 Peña de Pato, Dão (£6.99, 13.5%, Majestic)

juicy, blackberryish, refreshing

2008 Tasmanian Sauvignon Blanc, Tamar Ridge, £7.99, 13%, Marks & Spencer

intense gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours.

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Leasingham Magnus Riesling 2007 (£9.49, or 3@£6.33 Wine Rack, £7.99 Sainsbury)

pungent, piercing and full of bright lime that roars at you

Asda Extra Special Clare Valley Riesling 2008 (£7.98; 12.5% abv)

feisty, but more ample and fat, with a broader, more spreading mouthfeel and juiciness

Willunga 100 Grenache 2007 (£7.99, Sainsbury’s; 14.5% abv)

fantastic wine: soft and velvety and rich, ruffled with ripe, perfumed fruit

Pronto 2008 (£12.99, Marks & Spencer; 14.5% abv)

a bear hug of a blend of grenache, touriga nacional, shiraz and monastrell

Grosset Springvale Watervale Riesling 2008 (£14.95, winedirect.co.uk; 13.5% abv)

glacial mouthful of lemon and lime zest, and minerality that cleaves through a tired mouth

Scotland on Sunday – Will Lyons

Pouilly – Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’ 2006, Louis Latour, 2 @ £8.99 each Majestic

delicate aroma of honey and just a touch of flowery petals

Wild Rock Gravel Pit Red 2007, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, £11.99

graceful character reminiscent of good claret. Notes of plums, cedar and thyme

The First Lady 2007, Warwick Estate, South Africa, £9.99 Wait, Majes, Bon Coeur, Raeburn

big, brooding South African cabernet sauvignon blend; luscious and voluptuous

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Domaine de Planterieu 2008, Vin de Pays France (Waitrose, £4.99)

Think crisp, dry, grassy white; Here’s a bargain

Cune Rioja Rosado 2008, Spain (Majestic, £5.99 for two until 31 August)

crisp Spanish rosé with refreshing cherry and strawberry fruit but a dry finish

Sainsbury’s Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois NV, France (£3.99 for 37.5cl)

honey, orange and quince flavour, is spot on. Serve chilled

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