9th July 2018 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Gianni Tessari Soave Italy 2016 (£10.99, Noel Young; Jeroboams)
graceful but flavourful, floral and melon-scented
Coffele Ca Visco, Soave Classico Italy 2016 (£17.37, Tannico; Wine Society)
summery scents of white flowers, flavours of greengages and citrus
Pieropan Calvarino Soave Classico Italy 2015 (£18.99, Noel Young; Roberson)
greener, subtle vermouth-like herbiness

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Château de Vaux Les Hautes Bassières Pinot Noir 2016. £13.50 Wine Society
Delicate pinot to sip as dusk is falling
Crémant de Bordeaux Brut. £7.99 Lidl
Appealing, inexpensive fizz that is undeniably Not Prosecco
Santa Julia Malbec 2017. £6.99 (on offer) Waitrose
Cheery Argentine red that would be perfect for a barbie
Lustau Manzanilla en Rama 2018. £16.95 for 50cl Berry Bros
Thrillingly saline sherry for anchovy aficionados

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

WINEMAKER’S SELECTION MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 2016. (£6.99 Lidl)
Very lightweight sweet, juicy and easy-going
EXQUISITE COLLECTION MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 2015. (£6.99 Aldi)
More fragrance, bright red fruits and a savoury undertone; easy-going
DEVIL’S CREEK PINOT NOIR 2015. (£9.99/£11.99 Majestic Wine)
Thin, soft and easy to quaff, not worth the money.
TINPOT HUT PINOT NOIR 2016. (£14.99 – £15.95 Drinkmonger; Valhalla’s Goat)
Bright cherry fruit aromas, succulent ripe fruits, good finesse
MOMO PINOT NOIR 2016. (£11.50 The Wine Society)
Slightly austere with more structure, tannin and acidity
JACKSON ESTATE HOMESTEAD PINOT NOIR 2015. £13.99 Waitrose
Soft ripe elegant Pinot Noir with gentle oaky undertones.
NELSON PINOT NOIR 2016 Seifried. (£11 Marks & Spencer)
Disappointingly light and lacking in balance and ripe fruits.
ATA RANGI CRIMSON PINOT NOIR 2016. (£22.99-£25 Drinkmonger; Lockett Bros)
Red cherry fruits, lively aromatic, chocolate, tobacco
DOG POINT PINOT NOIR 2014. (£28.50 Luvians; NZ House of Wine; Majestic)
Blackcherry and violet scents, lush mellow ripe succulent fleshy
AKARUA PINOT NOIR 2016. (£17.99/£19.99 Exel Wines; The Cave; nzhouseofwine)
Very spicy fragrance, lovely juicy black plum fruit mid-palate
GREYSTONE WINES PINOT NOIR 2015. (£17.95 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Very attractive fragrance with sweet cherry fruits, herby undertone
DRUMSARA PINOT NOIR 2013. (£28 www.laithwaites.co.uk)
now attractively smooth with spicy bright berry fruits

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Crozes Hermitage 2014 (£14 marksandspencer.com)
perfect Syrah: juicy, violet tinged fruits, supple, savoury
Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2015 (£13.99 majestic.co.uk)
rich, complex, buttery, with hints of vanilla, honeyed spice and apricot
Chateau Ventenac Le Paria 2017 (£10.99 jnwine.com)
juicy, appealing, all Grenache
Saint Mont 2016 (£10 marksandspender.com)
an almond and citric tinged blend
Reserve des Tuguets Madiran 2015 (£6.50 tesco.com)
Tannat is leavened by the addition of cabernet’s franc and sauvignon
Domaine Les Remparts La Bonne Franquette Blanc 2016 (£12.00 redsquirrelwine)
is a more complex blend of sauvignon blanc, colombard and petit manseng

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Aldi Exquisite Collection Cremant du Jura (£7.99)
ever reliable, toasty and rich, can stand up well to light food.
Pianeta Organico Organic Prosecco Extra Dry NV, Italy (£7.99, Aldi)
superior prosecco, lightly peachy, with a hint of honey
Lidl Cremant de Bordeaux Brut (£7.99)
simple, but has attractive dry and fresh qualities with a creamy note
Asda Marques del Norte Cava (just £6)
apple-scented
Casa Luis Cava Rosé NV (£5.98, Asda)
delicate, crisp, strawberry-ripple
Cuvee del Castillo Waitrose In Partnership Cava Brut NV, Spain (£9.99)
sparkler with class, dry and lightly toasty with a core of fresh green-apple
Tesco Cava Semi Seco (£5.75)
medium-sweet and lightly honeyed
Sainsbury’s Finest Prosecco DOC NV, Italy (£8)
fine bubbles and attractive yellow pear and lemon notes
Rocca di Lago NV, Garda Spumante DOC NV, Italy (£7, M&S)
lightly floral, white blossom-scented bargain; Citrusy and nearly dry