9th November 2015 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Altano Quinta do Ataide Reserva, Portugal 2011 (£12.99, Cambridge Wine; Halifax Wine)

An aromatic prettiness (violets, lavender) before those deep, dark flavours

Alvaro Castro Tinto, Dão, Portugal 2011 (£13.75, Prohibition Wine; Noel Young)

suave mix of touriga, tinta roriz, alfrocheiro and jaen

Altavia Thend, Liguria, Italy 2005 (£19.99, Red Squirrel Wine)

wonderfully pure and fragrant, example

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Delaire Graff Estate Shiraz 2013. £9.99, 31dover.com

Bursting with soft, juicy fruit flavours, balanced with some delicate white pepper

Calmel & Joseph Villa Blanche 2012/13 Syrah Pays d’Oc. £11.99, averys

blackberry, mulberry and blackcurrant; a sense of earthy terroir

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2011/12. £40-£55, drinksupermarket; drinksdirect; bbr

Powerful dark-fruit flavours, underpinned by leather, tar, spice and a little oak

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Finest* St Mont 2014, France, 13.5%, (Tesco, £5.50)

a refreshing, citrusy white (think pink and white grapefruit and lemon)

Viu Manent ‘Vibo Centarios’ 2011 Colchagua, Chile, 14.5%, (Oddbins, £16)

Big, bold, excellent stuff

Maynard’s, 10 Year Old, Tawny Port, 20%, (Aldi, £9.99)

tastes of caramel, roasted brazil nuts and freshly ground coffee

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Manzanilla, La Gitana, Hidalgo, Spain (Majestic, £9.99)

Bone-dry, with a bracing lemony, salyy tang

Harveys Fine Old Amontillado VORS, Spain (thedrinkshop.com, £24.06)

Gorgeously rich, with hazelnut, dried orange peel and toffee notes

Tio Pepe Fino, Gonzalez Byass, Spain (widely available, from £8.50)

fresh, crisp, yeasty appeal; Sip lightly chilled

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Lisbon: CIGARRA BRANCO 2014 (£6.50 Oddbins)

creamy succulent tropical fruit notes, herb and lemon undertones

Vinho Verde: CASAL DE VENTOZELA 2014 (£6.66 Majestic Scotland)

lemony flavours, zippy crisp dryness, decent length; good value

Alentejo: ESPORAO DUAS CASTAS ‘ARINTO-GOUVEIO’ 2014 (£7.95 Wine Society)

limey citrus and plenty of juicy acidity; body, structure, minerality

Alentejo: PATO FRIO ANTAO VAZ 2013 (£9.08-£10.75 Fine Wine Co; Exel Wines; Eclectic Tastes; Great Western Wine Co)

tangerine and citric flavoured minerally vibrant white

Dao: QUINTA DAS MAIAS BRANCO 2014 (~£9.50 Drinkmonger; Highbury vintners; Field and Fawcett.co.uk; Roberts and Speight)

gentle blossomy aromas, appley flavours and rich creamy palate

Dao: F’OZ DAO 2013 (£7.99 www.laithwaites.co.uk)

Bright red fruit notes, a touch of resin and a herby undertone

Tejo: PORTAL DA AGUIA DOC 2011 (£7.50 Oddbins)

So juicy succulent smooth textured, easy-going and more-ish

Alenquer: QUINTA DAS SETENCOSTAS 2011 (£9 Oddbins)

spicy full bodied structured blend

Dao: RIBEIRO SANTO 2012 (£7.25 The Wine Society)

Bursting with succulent fruit (the kind of dark luscious fruit you find in port)

Alentejo: MANZ PLATONICO 2012 (£10 Oddbins)

forest fruit mature bouquet and spicy complex palate

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2005 Ontañon Rioja Reserva. £13.50-£14.95, WoodWinters, N Young, J Hattersley

medium-bodied blend; shows off the smokiness of rioja

2014 Le Grand Clauzy Chardonnay. £7.45, Asda

A light touch of oak is evident; brings a buttery feel

2011 Gran Cabernet Franc, Pulenta Estate. £26.50, Oddbins

aromatic notes of red pepper and Worcester sauce