7th October 2019 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Le Campuget Syrah Viognier, France 2018 (£8.49, N Young; Corking; Great Grog)
unusually fragrant, supple, compulsively drinkable red
Zalze Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier, South Africa 2017 (£6, Morrisons; Asda; Waitrose)
fruity vibrancy; chunky, spicy bargain
Vandal Gonzo Combat Rouge, Marlborough, New Zealand 2018 (£19.99, Dorset Wine)
joyously fluent and red-fruited

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Consentido Macabeo 2018. £9.25 Stone Vine & Sun
I love this fragrant, Spanish white – it’s the perfect aperitif
Saint-Chinian Grenache Blanc 2018. £8 Asda
this award-winning example is a delicious, peachy white.
Salicórnia Dão Reserva 2016. £6.99 Aldi, 13%.
region used to be noted for its heavily oaked reds; this lovely fresh
Nostru Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane 2017. £11.50 Jeroboams
Juicy, joyous, slurpable organic red

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

ROERO ARNEIS 2018 Cascina Valentino (13.5%) (£8.50 Asda)
Blossom and nectarine, aniseed and spice notes, vibrant acidity
ROERO ARNEIS 2015 Fratelli Brovia (13%) (£19.50 Raeburn Wines)
Apricot and floral nose with developed nutty undertones, creamy
ROERO ARNEIS 2018 Poderi Marcarini (13.5%) (£15.50 Berry Bros)
Honey and acacia flower bouquet, dry crisp palate
ROERO ARNEIS 2017 Cascina Ghercina (13.5%) (£12.50 Corney & Barrow)
Hint of pear and apricot, vibrant acid with exotic tropical fruit
ROERO ARNEIS PRADALUPO 2017 Fontanafredda (13.5%) (£17.95 Great Western Wine)
Light honey and pear notes, creamy velvety palate; enticing freshness
ROERO ARNEIS 2016 Cornarea (13.5%) (£18.80 Berry Bros)
Peach and lime notes, rich complex texture with a hint of wax and salt
ARNEIS 2017 Ponzi (13.5%) ($29 n/a in UK)
Light pear notes, crisp palate with fresh high acid, sweet sour notes
RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY ARNEIS 2018 Seghesio (13.5%) (£23 Fine Wine Co)
Pearskins and floral notes, tightly wound palate, apricot fruits

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Warwick Estate First Lady Chardonnay 2018 (£8.80 winebuyers.com)
Mouth-filling, but unoaked and fresh, with lively flavours
Robert Oatley Signature Series Chardonnay 2017 (£12.00 Co-op)
medium-bodied with appealing citrus flavours; underlying freshness
Ramón Bilbao Viñedos de Altura 2016 (£15.50 greatwesternwine)
great freshness and vitality to the wine
Jeroboams White Burgundy 2017 (£17.95 jeroboams)
Nautilus Southern Valleys Pinot Noir Marlborough 2014 (£22.95 yorkwines)
lightly spicy blackberry and plum flavours
Les Neuf Pierres Roulées 2017 (£13.00, Sainsbury’s)
rich, powerful and velvety
Kloster Eberbach Pinot Noir 2016 (£17.99 allaboutwin)
lighter, vibrant cherry flavoured
Fonseca Terra Prima Organic Port (£18.39 waitrose.com)
rich, resonant, baked fruit flavours on the palate; dry on the finish

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

De Martino 347 Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley 2017 (Waitrose, £9.99)
leans towards a European style, but with some softness
Sutil Ltd Release Cabernet Sauvignon Valle de Maipo 2014 (Tanners, £16.95)
fine tannins and a lovely texture
Cono Sur Reserva Especial Riesling 2018, Chile (Tesco, £9.75)
quite thick and complex, with flavours of lime zest and lime cordial