28-02-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 28/02/2011

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the Financial Times – Jancis Robinson

Gunderloch, Fritz’s Riesling 2009 Rheinhessen. £8.99 Majestic

super-fruity yet quite bracing enough to be refreshing

Knappstein Hand Picked Riesling 2010 Clare Valley. £8.99 Majestic

seems to have been entered into a competition to see who can make the driest wine

Forte Alto Pinot Grigio, £6.99 Waitrose

admirable purity

Vuvuzela Tempranillo/Cabernet 2010 La Mancha

the most intriguingly named wine

Newton Johnson Pinot Noir 2008 Elgin £16.99 Marks and Spencer


Brown Brothers Dry Muscat 2008 Australia. £5.60 Booths

tight, focused, refreshing wine full of personality

Guado al Tasso, Il Bruciato 2007 Bolgheri. £18.99 Wine Rack

the single most delicious wine in the entire Wine Relief 2011 range

Giesta 2009 Dão, £7.49 Laithwaites

so much fruitier than many wines from this region in northern Portugal

Grande Réserve de Gassac Rouge 2009. £7.99, Laithwaites

my favourite (from the Laithwaites offering)

Les Arbousiers Rosé 2009 Coteaux de Languedoc. £749, Virgin Wines

pretty pale pink and is not marked by an excess of residual sugar

the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2010 Six Hats Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa. Asda, £6.97; Booths, £7.29

Drink to Fairtrade fortnight; racy, verdant sauvignon

2009 Six Hats Shiraz, Western Cape, South Africa. Asda, £6.97

sufficient dusky, briary fruit to enthral carnivores.

2010 Taste the Difference Rambling River Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa. £5.24

finer herby blend

2010 Taste the Difference Leap Point Pinotage, South Africa. Sainsbury’s £5.62

velvety, mulberry-stacked 2010.

2007 Château Haut-Beauséjour, Saint-Estèphe. Handford £18.99; H Nics, £22.50

young, tasty claret is already opening up into a fine, cedary mouthful

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2007 (£19.95 per half Jeroboams)

Lemon and figs

Inniskillin Vidal Oak Aged Icewine 2006 (£45 per half Ocado)

Sultana crème brûlée from Canada

Exhibition Sauternes 2007 (£20 Wine Society)

Peachy marmalade

the Independent – Terry Kirkby

Soluna Premium Organic Malbec, 2006. £10.44, waitrose

rich, smooth mouthful with dark fruity flavours; tarry, smoky finish

Lautaro Merlot Reserve, 2007. £8.95 (minimum order 6 bottles), traidcraft

distinctive Merlot woody and chocolate flavours

The Co-operative Fairtrade Cape Sparkling Rose. £6.49 to 15 March, Co-op

easily gluggable pink sparkler: dry, but with summer-fruit flavours

the Observer – David Williams

Quinta da Giesta, Dão DOC, Portugal 2009 (£7.49, laithwaites)

fragrantly floral and juicily fruity flavours; some smoky oak

Château de Pizay Morgon, Beaujolais 2009 (£8.99, majestic)

A joyously vivid, explosively red-and-black-fruited example

Villiera Barrel-Fermented Chenin Blanc, South Africa 2009 (£10.49, M&S)

the palate is honeyed, and the acidity scintillating. Delicious

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Asda’s Extra Special South African Chenin Blanc (£4; 14% abv)

really delivered

Asda’s Extra Special Pinotage (£5; 14% abv)

rich, plummy wine that would go well with a spicy curry

Usizo Shiraz 2010 (£7.99 Virgin Wines; 14% abv)

better than most, though at that price I wouldn’t order a case

Six Hats Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (£6.97 Asda, £7.20 Booths; 13% abv)

pleasant enough zesty, lemony white

Cape Sparkling Brut Rosé (Cooperative £6.49; 12.5% abv)

fresh, strawberryish

Fairtrade Argentine Organic Malbec Reserve (Cooperative £5.99; 13.5% abv)

I’ve praised here before

Marks & Spencer Charles Back Barbera 2008 (£9.99; 14% abv)

lipsmacking, great with gutsy pasta dishes such as lasagne

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2010 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, NZ, £6.99 until 1 March, Sainsbury’s

Terrific wine; crisp, lime opening develops into kiwi fruit roundness

2008 Waitrose Reserve Shiraz Barossa, Australia, £7.49 until 8 March, Waitrose

Touches of cinnamon and chocolate to underpin the rich blackcurrant fruit

2009 Pascual Rueda Northern Spain, £9.99, Raeburn Fine Wines

Classy; soft mango and pineapple fruit and an attractive peppery finish

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2008 (13.5%, £15.50, Wine Society)

It’s a slightly reductive style but works

Dog Point Chardonnay 2008 Marlborough (14%, £18.50, Wine Soc; £22.50, Fort & Msn)

The chardonnay is stellar, but produced only in minuscule quantities

Sacred Hill Rifleman’s Chardonnay 2007/9B (About £20, Eagle’s Wines, slurp, Bentley’s)

Startlingly good, bright, intense and well-integrated

Neudorf Chardonnay 2008 Nelson (£17, Wine Society)

Cushioned, succulent and mellowing nicely

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2007 Marlborough (£19.99, Wait; £18.99, Avery’s; 2 @ £19 Maj)

Easy-drinking and light-hearted, a good wine-bar glassful

Felton Road Chardonnay 2009 (£19.95, Tanners; £20.99, Avery’s)

an attractive texture and a suggestion of waxy white flowers

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