29 January 2018 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Taste the Difference Languedoc White, France 2017 (£8, Sainsbury’s)
Paul Mas (is) provider of this soft, juicy, peachy Sainsbury’s blend
De Bortoli Topsy Turvy Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Australia 2016 (£6.50, Morrisons)
chiselled, zingy and wonderful value Chardonnay
Irresistible Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France 2015 (£14.99, The Co-op)
fabulously suave, spicy, textured Châteauneuf made by the Perrin family

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Torres Natureo Muscat £4.79 Waitrose, 0.5% abv
Off-dry aromatic; would easily do duty for a riesling or gewürztraminer. £5.99 Ocado
Tesco Low-Alcohol Garnacha Rosé £2.40; less than 0.5%
This may taste of strawberries rather than grapes, but it’s in a good way
Rawson’s Retreat Chardonnay Pinot Noir Muscat 0.5% abv
Champagne it ain’t; off-dry, fruity, sparkling. £3.60 Tesco, £4.49 Bargain Booze
The Slender Red Shiraz; 8.5% abv
Surprisingly good, as is the Slender white. The Co-op £6.99

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Lirac Rouge Moulin des Chenes 2014 (£14 Oddbins; Rude Wines)
A wonderful example of Lirac. Soft smooth mouthfeel, herby and scented
Lirac Rouge Domaine des Garrigues 2016 (£8.99/£11.99 Majestic Wine)
Fresh vibrant youthful style, distinct herby undertones
Lirac Rouge Chateau Mont Redon 2013 (£15.99 virginwines; justerinis)
Hints of maturity, fine secondary aromas and luscious ripe soft dark fruits
Lirac Rouge Fermade Domaine Maby 2015 (£10.95 Wine Society)
A very vibrant example with deliciously jammy blackcurrant notes
Lirac Rouge Vignobles Abeille 2015 (£13.99/£15.99 Majestic Wine)
Robust in style, deeply coloured, very herby with fine liquorice flavour

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Chateau Armandiere Diamant Rouge 2011 (£21 winesbychix.co.uk)
full of black fruits, chocolate and coffee flavours
Les Comtes Cahors Malbec 2015 (£11.99 Majestic.co.uk)
blended by Tannat and Merlot; great winter warmer
Duo Du Midi 2016 (£6.25 winesociety.com)
even more affordable, brilliantly juicy little guzzler
Clunia Malbec 2015 (£24.99 houseoftownend.com)
seriously rich and powerful, a big and bold wine
Te Awa Collection Left Field Malbec (£14.99 nzhouseofwine.co.uk)
a wine of both richness and freshness, with intense black fruit flavours
Secret de Viu Manent Malbec 2015 (£11.50 oddbins.com)
succulent, juicy and with toothsome, minty black fruits

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Exquisite Clare Valley Riesling 2017 Australia (12.5%, Aldi, £6.99)
bracing and bright, like a stream of lime and lemon sorbet
Waitrose Reserve Shiraz St Hallett 2016 Australia (15%, Waitrose, £8.99)
bold, blustering; warm and is filled with sunshine and ripe berries
Cullen Wines Mangan Sauvignon-semillon 2016 Australia (12%, Noel Young, £20.95)
swirls with subtle flavours and an incipient richness