30th April 2018 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Lavradores de Feitoria Douro Branco, Portugal 2016 (£11, Bottle Apostle)
slickly brisk peachiness
Vila Nova Vinho Verde, Portugal 2017 (from £8.49, Noel Young; Hennings)
prettily floral, effortlessly citrus-fruity white
Quinta dos Carvalhais Branco Reserva, Dão, Portugal 2013 (£19.99, Theatre of Wine)
creamy richness, fennel and that distinctive lipsmacking acidity

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Tesco Finest Bottle-Aged Espresso Martini. £15, 19%
A touch sweet, but good coffee flavour
Mr Lyan Rainy Day Spritz. £29.95 (50cl) Ocado, 16.6%
A clever twist on the Aperol spritz
Aske Stephenson Revery. £34.39 Master of Malt, £32 Harvey Nics
Good, negroni-like blend of gin, amaro, vermouth
World of Zing Persian Lime & Nori Margarita. £15.95 Borough Box
Properly zesty and limey

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

BERTON WINEMAKER’S RESERVE VERMENTINO 2016, £10.50 Exel Wines; strictlywine
Light bodied delicate Vermentino with zippy crisp palate and freshness
CRITTENDEN ‘OGGI’ 2015, £13.97 Berry Bros
Scented pears, textural, rich and honeyed.
LARRY CHERUBINO LAISSEZ FAIRE FIANO 2016, £18-£20 St Andrews Wine; strictlywine
Honeysuckle, quince, minerally with subtle oak.
HEARTLAND SPOSA E SPOSA 2014, £13.50-£14.50 greatwesternwine; luvians
Affordable easy drinking blackberry spiced Langhorne Creek red.
CHALMERS HEATHCOTE SAGRANTINO 2012, £22 Fine Wine Co; greatwesternwine
Lush ripeness with plums and damson flavours.
FIRST DROP MINCHIA MONTEPULCIANO 2012, £19.99 oldbutcherswinecellar
Densely dark fruits and firm tannins; tastes Italianate.
THE HEDONIST SANGIOVESE 2015 Walter Clappis, £14.99-£16.99 rudewines; luvians
succulent ripeness; typical cherry fruits, spice and rounded texture
UNICO ZELO THE RIVER NERO D’AVOLA 2017, £19 corkingwines.co.uk
Delicious lush savoury easy-drinking unoaked example.
Perfumed, spicy, liquorice and lively tannins.

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Limestone Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (£10.00 Marksandpencer)
full-on tropical fruits and zesty, grassy, citric flavours
Olifantsberg Grenache Blanc 2016 (£15.66 Greatwinesdirect)
fresher orchard fruits, lime zest and a richer, layered finish
Peter & Ulrich Dry Riesling 2015/16 (£12.99 Majestic)
zesty, almost spritzy approachability, with apple, peach and apricot flavours
Brundlmayer Ried Berg-Vogelsgang Gruner Veltliner 2016 (£17.99 Ocado)
delicate, refined, lightly smoky and spicy
Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014 (£29.95 Winedirect)
complex flavours of summer berries, cherries, wild herbs; earthy, spicy
Tanners Super Douro, Reserva 2015, (£14.50 Tanners-wines)
terrifically appealling all round red for roasts and barbecues