9th April 2018 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Royal Tokaji Blue Label 5 Puttonyos, Hungary 2013 (£12.99, 25cl, Waitrose)
tangy richness and sumptuous texture
Quinta do Noval Late Bottled Vintage Port 2012 (£20.95, ocado; oddbins)
There’s a brooding intensity to the deep, black forest gateau-like flavours
Thornbridge Brewery Coca Wonderland Porter (£2.29, Waitrose)
powerful coffee-and-mocha tang and richness
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (£3.40, Twelve Green Bottles)
powerful, chewy, dense but drinkable
Contero Brachetto d’Acqui Piedmont, Italy 2016 (£15.50, justincases; hailshamcellars)
gentle foamy sweetness and light alcohol; vividly cherry-berry-fruited
Château de Jau Banyuls Les Clos des Paulilles, France 2015 (£12.75, 50cl, josephbarneswines)
explosive brambly berry and dark chocolate character

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

LaCheteau Crémant de Loire Blanc de Noirs. £7.99 Aldi
Dry fizz made from cabernet franc, ideal for smoked salmon and scrambled egg
Corte Allodola Soave Classico 2016. £5 at Lidl
Bargainous and smooth. Would go very well with frittata or quiche
Tanners Claret 2016. £8.95, or £5.50 for a half-bottle, Tanners
Modest ‘house’ clarets; perfect for a fry-up brunch
El Macho Tempranillo Bobal Utiel Requena 2016. £4.99 Iceland
Good, robust red for eggs with spicy chorizo

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

ZUANI VIGNE 2016 Patrizia Felluga (£18.50 Woodwinters)
Unusual unoaked blend, zippy acidity with fruit-rich character
FRIULANO 2015 Marco Felluga (£19 www.winedirect.co.uk)
Floral bouquet, lemony flavours, soft silky creamy leesy; fresh and fruity.
FRIULANO 2016 Livio Felluga (£24.99 St Andrews Wine Co)
Almond and herb, rich apricot fruit flavours, creamy leesy palate
SHARIS 2016 Livio Felluga (£19.50 Fine Wine Musselburgh)
Nutty herby blend with appealing hazelnut and orange peel notes
PIERE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 Vie de Romans (£30 www.laithwaites.co.uk)
Piercing minerality, rich nectarine fruits and complex flavours
REFOSCO 2015 Specogna (£20-£21.99 Valvona & Crolla; Lockett Bros)
Cherry and spice character, fresh acidity with some tannins

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Berry Bros Good Ordinary Claret (£9.95 bbr.com)
glorious drinkability, medium bodied, juicy and succulent
Tanners Claret (£8.95 tanners-wines.co.uk)
highly recommended, old-vine merlot dominated
Chateau Grand Moulin Macquin 2015 (£15.40 Haynes Hanson & Clark)
lovely understated balance between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Chateau Beynat 2015 (£13.10 Haynes Hanson & Clark)
rich, dark, tarry flavours of merlot are lifted by fragrant cabernet franc

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

The Society’s Exhibition New Zealand Chardonnay 2016 (Wine Society, £14.95)
Think toasted cashews, vivid lemon curd and sorbet
Kumeu River Chardonnay Coddington 2016, New Zealand 
(13%, Lea & Sandeman, £27.95)
white and green peach and satisfying creaminess
Waitrose Douro Valley Reserva Quinta da Rosa 2016 (14%, £8.99 until April 17)
Think of it as a deeper, darker, wilder sort of a claret