28 February 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Domaine de L’Ausseil Le P’tit Piaf, Roussillon 2015 (£13, Borough Wines)
frictionless fluency and lightness of touch
Pittnauer Pitti, Burgenland, Austria 2015 (£11.50, Oddbins)
herby, spicy; works best when cool served with charcuterie
J-C Lapalu Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 2015 (from £20.95, Noel Young; smilinggrape; hedonism)
concentration and purity of red fruit and a lacy complexity

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

William Hardy Limestone Coast Chardonnay 2016 (£6.50 Tesco; 13.5% abv)
McGuigan’s Reserve Chardonnay 2015 (£6 Morrisons, £6.98 Asda, £7 Sainsbury’s)
none of those cloying tinned peach and clumsy oak flavours that turned so many people off
McGuigan Founder’s Series Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015 (£11 at Sainsbury’s)
lusciously creamy; snap it up if you ever see it on promotion
Yalumba Y Series South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (£9.89 Majestic)
appealing cassis fruit laced with a touch of smoke
Rolf Binder Magpie Estate Rag & Bone Barossa Valley Riesling 2016 (£9.99 D Byrne)
mouthwateringly citrussy
Rolf Binder The Mixed Thing Barossa Valley 2016 (£8.59 D Byrne; 13.5%)
gorgeously fruity blend of grenache, cinsault and cabernet franc
The Rude Mechanicals Ephemera Viognier/Pinot Gris 2016 (£8.99 D Byrne)
wonderfully aromatic, all white flowers and citrus

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

DE MORGENZON WHITE MAESTRO 2014 (£16.15 Great Grog)
Generous weighty Rhone-style white with rich mouthfeel
PAUL CLUVER GEWURZTRAMINER 2015 (£12.45 Great Grog; £11.99 Waitrose)
Rosewater aromas, but with a delicious juicy limey palate
SASKIA 2012 (£17 The Wine Society)
Rich concentrated peachy supple white with such poise; excellent quality
TOPIARY CHARDONNAY 2015 (£20 Great Grog)
Nuts, lime and butterscotch are the dominant flavours; deftly-oaked
SPICE ROUTE AMOS BLOCK SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 (£11.99 Lockett Bros; The Cave; Aitken Wines)
More tropical fruit and warmth than you would find in Loire
Lemon meringue flavours, lovely rich texture, well defined oak
Elegant restrained style with powerful concentration and minerally edge
KAAPZICHT PINOTAGE 2013 (£15 Great Grog)
Deliciously savoury Pinotage with plummy suppleness not often found in this grape
A very attractive silky smooth palate and finish for the grape
THE SOCIETY’S EXHIBITION PINOTAGE 2014 (£10.50 www.thewinesociety.com)
Plummy well rounded Pinotage with earthy undertones with a quirky spiciness
INTELLEGO SYRAH 2015 (£18.99-£19.95 Les Caves; L’Art du Vin; frw; beaconwines)
Pure cherry fruits in this bright clear focused Syrah; hint of smoky notes
GLENELLY LADY MAY 2010 (£26.99 Majestic; sawinesonline.co.uk)
top notch, with subtle cassis fruits, refined tannins, elegance
LISMORE SYRAH 2015 (£25 swig.co.uk)
Beautifully balanced, ethereal bouquet, savoury notes, peppery

the Telegraph – Susy Atkin

Voila Lyrarkis Assyrtiko 2016, Crete (£11.99 Majestic)
salt-tinged, lemon-sherbet
Vinalba Torrontés 2015, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina (£9.99, Majestic)
lychee-scented – would make a striking new-season aperitif
La Grange des Combes 2014, St-Chinian-Roquebrun, France (£11.99, Majestic)
gutsy, packed with juicy cassis and black liquorice
Rojalet Negre 2015 (£8.99, Majestic)
inky-purple with peppery bramble and damson and just asking for roast lamb
Abbotts & Delauney Viognier 2015, Languedoc, France (£9.99, Majestic)
juicy and vivacious with white peach and plump apricot fruit
Escparpment Pinot Noir 2014, Martinborough, New Zealand (£22, Majestic)
positively regal, with a smooth but succulent red cherry and plum fruit

the Independent – Nuria Stylianou

Weingut Wageck Tertiär, Pfalz, 2015. £13.50, Oddbins
mineral-driven delight, with mandarin and grapefruit undertones
“Asshole” Sauvignon Blanc, Pfalz, 2015. £13.50, redsquirrelwine.com
green peppers and nettle, with a background of tropical notes
Shingle Peak Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, 2015. £13.99, Laithwaites
intense and rich flavours of refreshing lemon, freshly cut grass, green pepper
The Supernatural Sauvignon Blanc. £14.75, Vintageroots
Juicy notes of grilled sugared grapefruit and burstingly ripe flavours
Domaine Gardrat, Vin de Pays Charentais, Sauvignon 2015. £10.40, Yapp
Light-bodied and pure, with delicate notes of elderflower and grapefruit
Black Elephant, Two Dogs, a Peacock and a Horse, 2016. £13.99, redsquirrel
aromas of green fruit, lychees, guava, and lime
Cloudy Bay Te Koko, Marlborough, 2013. £37.50, Majestic
mouth-filling flavours of lychees, almonds, gooseberry and citrus
2015 Pouilly-Fumé, Domaine Thibault, André Dezat. £19.50, Bbr.com
peach, nectarine, pear and citrus zing; backdrop of smoky gun flint