30th March 2015 – weekly press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Lot 02 Tasmanian Chardonnay, Australia 2013 (£9.99, Aldi)

savoury oatmeal and crisp apple

Toro Loco Tempranillo, Utiel-Requena, Spain 2014 (£3.79, Aldi)

juicy, berry-fruited; astonishingly good considering tax and other costs

The Exquisite Collection Fleurie, Beaujolais, France 2014 (£6.49, Aldi)

very pretty light Beaujolais

Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling 2014 (£6.99, Aldi)

zesty limey

Exquisite Collection New Zealand Pinot Noir 2014 (£6.99, Aldi)

soft strawberry-juicy

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Wishbone Pinot Noir 2012 (£8.49 Asda; 13.5% abv)

juicy; from New Zealand’s Marlborough region; would go with duck

Chateau Le Tertre 2012 (12.5% abv, £5.99 LIDL)

Very attractive, fresh-tasting

Chateau Tourteau Chollet Graves 2010 (£8.49, LIDL; 14.5% abv)

fuller-bodied; I’d be tempted to pay the extra couple of quid

Marks & Spencer Zibibbo 2013 (12% abv; £6 on offer)

fragrant; from Sicily; should keep pinot grigio fans more than happy

Brancott Sauvignon Gris 2013 (13.5% abv, Tesco £7.85 on offer from Wed)

Refreshing variant on sauvignon blanc; would work with goat’s cheese

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Mondelli Chianti Classico 2012 Tuscany, Italy (Sainsbury’s, £9)

attractive for its blackcurrant and plum fruit; a good all-rounder

Chateau Le Logis de Sipian 2012 Medoc, Bordeaux (Marks & Spencer, £12)

Soft, for a young claret; cassis and a hint of cedar wood

San Leo Asti NV Italy (Waitrose, £7.49)

Lemon sherbet meets sugar-dipped green grapes and kiwis

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Thorny Devil, Old Vine Grenache 2013. £13.25, thefinewinecompany

Powerful, but pure plum fruits, structure and finesse

De Morgenzon DMZ Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2014. £8.50, thewinesociety

flavours of quince, honey and almonds, but dry and with a fresh acidity

Côtes du Rhône Villages Visan, 2013. £5.99, Lidl

ridiculously good-value; medium-bodied, peppery, black fruits

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson


Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12 Beer, Scotland £4 (330ml), harviestoun.com

flavours of espresso, black treacle, grilled meats and the sea

2009 Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage, Portugal £12, Sainsbury’s

flavours of damson, black cherry and winter spice

Stanton & Killeen Rutherglen Topaque, Australia £13.99 (half), haslemerecellar

heady perfume, behind which sit soft brown sugar, dried citrus peel and caramel

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Orovela Saperavi Kakheti, Georgia: £16.99, waitrose.com

bright, spicy black fruit aromas; sappy fresh blackberry fruit

2011 Chateau Thivin, Côte de Brouilly, Cuvée Godefroy: £18.95 Berry Bros

Moreishly easy to drink, this is a succulent, mouthwatering gamay

2013 MJ Janeil Gros Manseng Sauvignon: £7.75, oddbins.com

Think Loire Valley sauvignon and then add a sherbet-grapefruit zest

The Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2013 McGuigan Black Label Shiraz, Australia. £5.99 on offer Keystore

soft and shrewdly balanced shiraz; bramble, plum, cinnamon

Denbies Surrey Gold, Dorking, Surrey. £7.83 on offer Waitrose

lively and aromatic freshness; apricot and orange fruit