30th September 2019 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Gen del Alma Jiji, Mendoza 2018 (£17.50, St Aandrew’s Wine Co; Noble Geen)
wild-cherried, slippery textured, super-fresh red blend
Julien Sunier Morgon, Beaujolais, France 2017 (£27.50, Roberson Wine)
outstanding, deep, layered but super-silky and fresh-finishing
Tenuta Tobia Rosso No 1, Tuscany Italy 2014 (£18.95, Swig)
warm earthy, leathery, dried herby smoothie

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Grapevine Shiraz 2018. £3.69 Aldi, 12.5%.
Bright, juicy red; slight whiff of rubber; can’t complain at price
Côtes de Gascogne Merlot Tannat 2018. £5.99 Lidl, 13%.
Great, easy-drinking red to go with everything from paté to pizza
Exquisite Collection Pathaway Chardonnay 2018. £5.79 Aldi, 13.5%.
Well-priced, Aussie chardonnay that’s big but not too blowsy
Contevedo Cava. £5.29 Aldi, 11.5%.
bling bottle, but the contents are decent

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

SAUMUR ROUGE 2016 Domaine des Ormes. £8 Co-op
Deliciously juicy richly fruited, deep concentration
SAUMUR ROUGE LES NIVIERES 2017. £9.49 Waitrose; Ocado
Distinct blackcurranty, leafy and herby notes
CHINON, LES GRANGES 2018 Bernard Baudray. £16.95 Lea & Sandeman
Youthful crisp juicy crunchy fruits and leafy flavours
BOURGUEIL RACINES 2015 Frederic Mabileau. £20.50 Berry Bros
Cedary, savoury, fresh acid, meaty mature character
WARWICK ESTATE CABERNET FRANC 2015. £21.35 htfwines; Fareham Wines; Fortnum & Mason; Raeburn Wines
Lovely deep dark colour, herby sour cherry spicy palate
GABRIELSKLOOF LANDSCAPE SERIES CABERNET FRANC 2016. £27.50 Exel Wines
Rich black cherry and plum aromas, typical tobacco leaf
RAATS CABERNET FRANC 2015. £28.50 Hennings; Hedonism; Onshore
Lush ripe Cabernet Franc with plummy fruits, black cherry and cocoa
BRETON CABERNET FRANC 2016. £33 Lockett Bros; Justerini; Lay & Wheeler
Violet, mulberry, green pepper and pencil shavings notes
FINCA NOTABLES CABERNET FRANC EL ESTECO 2015. £22.50 greatwesternwine
Distinctive green pepper and sweet sour note, bright cherry fruit
PELLER ICEWINE CABERNET FRANC 2016. £49.50 hf greatwesternwine
Rhubarb, strawberry and spice aromatics, curranty and spicy

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Campotino Tenuta Del Priore Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2017 (£8.95 tanners)
packed with brambly, crunchy black fruit, touches of chocolate
Tesco Finest Montepulciano D’Abruzzo (£7.00 tesco.com)
kind of wine I might stock up on now for festive season parties
Cecchi Morellino di Scansano DOCG 2018 (£9.99 waitrose.com)
lots of fruit-forward sangiovese flavours
Primocolle Chianti Classico 2016 (£11.99 noblegrape.co.uk)
characteristic, elegant, structured cherry and red berry flavours
Brolio Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico 2016 (£17.30 hedonism)
medium-bodied and juicy, with lively black fruits and lovely approachability
Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro 2014 (£28.72 tannico)
tarry, dark fruit flavours, cut through with appealing freshness
No Name IGT Veneto Appassimento (£16.99 virginwines.co.uk)
almost Christmas pudding like flavours are intriguing and satisfying
Ultima Edizione De Farnese NV (£10.99 laithwaites.co.uk)
impressively intense, complex, smooth and with considerable depth of fruit

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Taste the Difference Languedoc Blanc 2018 (13%, Sainsbury’s, £7.50)
dry, fresh, unoaked finish. A sensible choice with roast autumn vegetables
Pintao Viognier 2018 Colchagua Valley Chile (13.5%, Marks & Spencer, £9)
flavour of cooked yellow plums along with dried apricots
Wolfberger Gewurztraminer 2016 Alsace France (13%, Co-op, £9.25)
Soft, ripe and rounded, this is a fruity rather than more typically spicy