31-10-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 31/10/2011

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Sainsbury’s Fairtrade Chenin Blanc 2010, South Africa. £7.99

citrus and appley edges with a spike of golden pineapple zip

Tesco Finest Gruner Veltliner 2010, £6.99

Appley and peachy with a subtle spicing

Marks & Spencer Vermentino 2010, Lazio. £6.99

Citrus aromas, easy freshness and a subtle floral hint

Txomin Etxaniz Txakoli de Guetaria, Spain. £13.99, Waitrose

Very shrill, turbo-charged citrus vino; outrageously zingy

Moncaro Rosso Piceno Superior 2010, £4.99 Waitrose

Fruity, easy red thaat’s juicy with a fragrant twist

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Taste the Difference Barolo 2007 Italy (14%, Sainsbury’s, £16.29)

sappy, bucking bite, and the bright acidity cuts well through food

Domaine Mandeville Viognier 2010 France (13%, M&S, £6.49)

fresh, floaty and pretty; drinking well at the moment

Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2010 (14.5%, 6 branches Waitrose)

bold, modern, powerful red; tinges of cocoa powder to its taste

the Independent on Sunday – Terry Kirkby

Mark Haisma Bourgogne 2009. £14.45, fromvineyardsdirect

elegant, violets-and-woodsmoke aromas, and sensual, bright, cherry flavours

The Ned Waihopai River Pinot Grigio 2010. £6.99 on offer Waitrose

refreshing, clean flavours of pears, apples; underlying hint of spiciness

Late Bottled Vintage Port 2005. £9.99 until 30 October Marks & Spencer

big, rich, sweet and brambly mouthful

the Observer – David Williams

Percheron Old Vine Cinsault, South Africa 2010 (£5.79 rannochscott; £5.95, Wine Society)

exceptionally good value red full of soft fruit and silky tannins

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Priorat, Spain 2008 (£9.99, sainsburys.co.uk)

very powerful; slightly wild red full of dried black fruits and herbs

Domaine Gérard Morin Cuvée Ovide, Sancerre, France 2010 (£18.95, robersonwine.com)

an essential oil of elderflowers and just-mown grass shot through with minerals

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Asda Corbières (£3.56; 13% abv)

bright, fruity blend of syrah, carignan and grenache

2011 Asda Chilean Merlot / Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon (£4.06; 13% abv)

smooth, ripe and basically quite similar

Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas 2008 (£7.99, Waitrose; 14% abv)

elegant, sophisticated; Made by the country’s oldest producer

Château Sainte Eulalie Minervois 2009, at Tanners (6 for £47; 13.5% abv)

delicious, easy-drinking all-rounder

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2010 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, 13.5%. £5.98, Asda

zingy lemon and greengage fruit; orange-based texture

2010 Louis Jadot Combe aux Jacques Beaujolais, 13%. £9.49, Waitrose

lively acidity and balanced, intense raspberry fruit

Domus Colombard Sauvignon, Gascogne, 11.5%. £8, WoodWinters

pink grapefruit acidity with textured pear flavours

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Taste the Difference Barolo 2006, Italy (Sainsbury’s, £16.29)

complex nuances of sloes, brambles and damsons, with whiffs of violet

Cuvée Chabert Rasteau 2009, Côtes du Rhône Villages (Marks & Spencer, £10.49)

Buckets of ripe blackberries, spiced with white pepper and nutmeg

Passoni San Gimignano Sangiovese 2008 (Majestic, £10.99)

Sour cherries and ripe strawberries mark out this lively, fruity Italian

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