5th March 2018 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Tesco Finest Hawkes Bay Syrah, New Zealand 2016 (£10)
refreshing, black pepper-seasoned dark berries
Viña Falernia Syrah, Elqui Valley, Chile 2013 (£9.99, Great Western Wine)
meaty, liquoricey example is always stunning value
Kunin Santa Barbara County Syrah, California, USA 2015 (£28, Roberson)
succulent, smoky black olive and blackberry tapanade

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Château Maris Les Vieilles Vignes Minervois 2015 £10.99 Ocado, 14.5%
A dense, powerful Languedoc red – perfect for rich aubergine dishes
Earth’s Essence Shiraz 2017 £6.99 Aldi, 14%
Less natural-tasting than the name might suggest; appealingly soft and lush
Irresistible Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2016 £7.99 Co-op, 14%
Delectably fruity pinot at an incredibly good price
Envinate Taganan Blanco 2016 £19.50 Vin Cognito, £20 Laughing Heart, 12.5%
Pure, thrilling volcanic white. Ideal for raw veg and salads

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

LENTON BRAE SOUTHSIDE MARGARET RIVER CHARDONNAY 2015 (£14.95 thewinesociety)
A winning combination of sleek juicy citric fruits and fleshy ripe zesty palate
SHAW & SMITH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017 (£16.99 Henderson Wines; Luvians)
Floral bouquet, limey fruit palate, soft leesy finish
MOUNT HORROCKS WATERVALE RIESLING 2017 (£21.99 Fine Wine Co)
Beautifully sleek Riesling, balanced with citric limey core
LARRY CHERUBINO LAISSEZ FAIRE FIANO 2016 (£17.95 Berry Bros; St Andrews Wine Co)
Exuberant quince and mango flavours, fresh limey flavours on the palate
BK WINES SWABY CHARDONNAY 2013 (£35 swig)
Racy minerally Chardonnay would suit Burgundy lovers
DOWN THE LANE SHIRAZ TEMPRANILLO 2016 de Bortoli (£6.99 Aldi)
Cherry fruited sweetness, soft smooth tannins – limited edition at Aldi
GIANT STEPS PINOT NOIR 2016 (£19.99 Henderson Wines)
Rich cherry, forest fruit, luscious rounded fruits and cocoa undertones
FALLEN GIANTS SHIRAZ 2014 (£18.95 Berry Bros)
Scented bouquet, racy acidity, peppery, herby, smoky palate
JAUMA LITTLE RAINDROPS GRENACHE 2016 (£23.50 lescaves; thegoodwineshop)
Fine herby bouquet, smooth texture, delicious juicy mouth-watering
KILIKANOON GSM GRENACHE SHIRAZ MOURVEDRE 2016 (£10.99 Waitrose)
Herby, smoky undertones, a Aussie match for Cotes du Rhone
BILL DOWNIE BIODYNAMIC PETIT VERDOT 2015 (£17.50 Cornelius; Valhalla’s Goat; Beets)
Very ripe; here oozing ripeness, spice and style
SC PANNELL ‘DEAD END’ TEMPRANILLO 2015 (£19.99 Beets; Fine Wine Co; Noel Young)
One of the best Aussie Tempranillo examples; cherried fruit, vanilla and spice

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Bastions V Shiraz 2016 (£9.99 virginwines.co.uk)
rich, ripe and spicy and packed with damson fruit flavours
Cape Point Vineyards Cape Town Sauvignon Blanc 2017, ( £10 M & S)
grassy, tropical fruit flavours
Barossa Viognier 2017 (£10 Marks & Spencers)
packed with honeyed flavours of peach and apricot
Yealands Estate Pinot Gris (£12.95 greatwesternwine; £13.75 winedirect)
gorgeously aromatic and gently spicy
The Crossings Pinot Noir 2016 (£11.45 ndjohn; £14.50 herculeswines)
elegant violets and red fruits with a savoury edge
CVNE Imperial Reserva (£22.99 waitrosecellar £25.99 ocado)
widely available, richly textured
Vina Real Gran Reserva 2011 (£22.50 hailshamcellars; £22.50 winedirect)
big and complex
Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse 2016 (£24.99 tauruswines; independents)
complex, buttery, but shot through with clear mineral, fruit flavours
Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2010 (£34.95 henningswine; independents)
Gorgeous

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Valpolicella Valpantena Torre del Falasco 2016
 (12.5%, Wine Society, £8.50)
superb co-operative-made valpolicella, with a tang of sour cherries
Finest* Viña del Cura Rioja Reserva 2013
 Spain (13.5%, Tesco, £8.50)
rich, mellow flavour of coconut, oak spice and baked strawberries
Côtes du Rhône Villages 2016
France (13.5%, Waitrose, £7.99)
redolent of hot white stones and dried herbs