29th July 2019 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Aldi Exquisite, New Zealand Pinot Noir, Wairarapa 2018, £5.99
red-fruited gem of a pinot projecting a sense of its Wairarapa origins
Akarua Rua Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2018, £19.95, Old Bridge Wine; Noel Young; Benntleys
wild herbiness (but still with that NZ clear-sky freshness); silky
Escarpment The Edge Pinot Noir, Martinborough 2018, £14.99, Waitrose
affordable, but still lithe and lovely take on a modern classic

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Contesa 2018. £8.25 Wine Society
Deeply coloured, strawberry-scented Italian rosé.
Domaine Maby La Forcadière Tavel 2018. £14.25 Yapp Bros
Full-bodied, peony-pink: could take a fair bit of spice in its stride.
Domaine des Ormes Saumur Rouge 2016. £8 Co-op
Fresh, wild, cherry-flavoured Loire red. Serve chilled.
Brash Higgins ZBO Zibibbo 2018, Riverland. £20 Villeneuve Wines
Heady, amphora-aged white from Oz. Drink with meze.

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

BOGLE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2017 (£12.50 Wine Society)
Buttery honeyed sweetness and oak, with smoky vanilla notes.
BREAD & BUTTER CHARDONNAY 2017 (£11.99/£14.99 Majestic Wine)
Big buttery blockbuster with vanilla, nut and oak notes, rich creamy unctuous
CLINE CELLARS VIOGNIER 2018 (£13.50 Woodwinters; Aitken Wines; St Andrews Wine)
Zippy fresh cool fermented version which has fabulous floral fragrance
CARMEL ROAD RIESLING 2015 (£18.95 Corney & Barrow)
Big busty off-dry Riesling with hallmark kerosene and floral bouquet
EBERLE MILL ROAD VIOGNIER 2017 (£21.99 Virgin Wines)
Sweet baked apple and ripe peach aromas, honeysuckle flavours
Blackcurrant cordial aromas, bright fruits; refreshing dryness.
EDNA VALLEY PINOT NOIR 2016 (£13.99/£15.99 Majestic Wine)
Complex aromas with very sweet cherry and strawberry fruits
CARMEL ROAD PINOT NOIR 2015 (£20.95 Corney & Barrow)
Cherry aromas, raspberry notes, minerally undertones, silky tannins
FROGS LEAP ZINFANDEL 2016 (£25 Berry Bros & Rudd; Woodwinters)
Succulent and rich with sweet cherry fruits, liquorice and fresh acidity
QUADY’S ESSENCIA ORANGE MUSCAT 2015 (£12.50 hf bt Corney & Barrow)
Rich ripe fruits with honeyed sweetness and refreshing dry finish.

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Peter & Ulrich Dry Riesling 2018 (£12.99 majestic.co.uk)
ripe orchard-fruit flavours and a slightly rounded mineral finish
Barry & Sons Riesling Clare Valley 2017 (£13.40 tanners-wines.co.uk)
a class act with appealing zesty citrus flavours
Hiruzta Txakoli Hondarribia 2018 (£13.86 corkingwines.co.uk)
low in alcohol, making it ideal for picnics or summer lunchtime salads
Seleccion Especial Numerada 41 Albarino 2018 (£13.99 laithwaites.co.uk)
lovely pale green colour with zingy citrus freshness, a distinct saline tang
Portal de Calcada Vinho Verde Reserva 2018 (£11.95 cellardoorwines.co.uk)
packed full of tropical fruit flavours – pineapples and citrus – with hints of spice
Poderi Parpinello Ala Blanca Vermentino 2018 (£13.12 corkingwines.co.uk)
enticing notes of bitter almond and spices, overlaid with ripe fruit flavours
Abbotts & Delaunay Viognier 2018 (£9.99, majestic.co.uk)
stone fruits and just a flick of spice
Denbies Ranmore Hill 2017 (£14.95 denbies.co.uk)
lovely English meadow floral notes; Complex but refreshing

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Ebenezer & Seppeltsfield Shiraz 2017, Barossa Valley (Marks & Spencer, £13)
big and burly but its ripe red and blackcurrant fruit is balanced
Taste the Difference Saint Chinian Syrah-Grenache 2016 (Sainsbury’s £9)
Black liquorice, clove, cinnamon and allspice are sprinkled liberally
Irresistible Fairtrade Organic Malbec 2017, Argentina (Co-op, £7.50)
loaded with rich black cherries and spice; delicious with barbecued steak