9th September 2019 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Wirra Wirra Church Block, McLaren Vale 2016 (~£12.50, Wine Society; Waitrose)
succulently dark fruited, suavely textured and deeply soothing
Willunga 100 Cab-Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2015 (~£10.75, Divine; Vinvm; Buon Vino)
Spice and vivid, finger-staining black fruit and ripe smooth tannins
Oxford Landing Cab-Shiraz, South Australia 2016 (£6.69, Waitrose; Ocado)
easy-drinking, consistently good-value

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

La Petite Ferme Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. £12.60 Tanners
From Franschhoek, as smooth and polished as a Stellenbosch
Rustenberg John X Merriman 2016. £11.99 at Waitrose, £13.99 Majestic
One of the most delicious, consistently reliable cabernet blends.
Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. £19.99 Roberts & Speight; £22 de-burgh
a beautiful balance of rich cassis fruit and subtle spicy oak.
Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. £27.95, Fintry Wines; winebuyers
A wine that can age 20 years, already elegant and sophisticated

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

CEDERBERG CHENIN BLANC 2018 (13%) £8.99 Waitrose
Sappy grapefruit and lime notes, ripe fleshy pear and vibrant natural acidity
WORKHORSE CHENIN BLANC 2018 Ken Forrester (13%) £8 Marks & Spencer
Typical apple and honey notes and a hint of bready yeast; very quaffable
CO-OP IRRESISTIBLE SOUTH AFRICAN CHENIN BLANC 2018 (12.5%) £7
Zippy and fresh for aperitif drinking without food
THE SOCIETY’S CAPE HERITAGE CHENIN BLANC 2018 Villiera (13.5%) £7.50
Zesty succulent citric fruit, laser-like preciseness and freshness
CRAFT 3 CHENIN BLANC 2017 Land of Hope (12.5%) £10 Marks & Spencer
Attractive zesty lightly oaked Chenin.
TERRE BRULEE 2017 Vincent Careme (13%) £16.50 Berry Bros & Rudd
Striking minerally notes, rich opulent marmaladey fruits, spicy notes
BILLY BOSCH RESERVE CHENIN BLANC 2018 (12.5%) £9.99 Virgin Wines
this is lightly citric, slightly honeyed with some depth of flavour.
MULLINEUX KLOOF STREET CHENIN BLANC 2017 (13%) £14.95 Berry Bros & Rudd
Crisp flinty stony with lovely aromatic purity, herby melon and pear
RAATS ORIGINAL UNWOODED CHENIN BLANC 2018 (13%) £9.95 The Wine Society
Textbook crisp citric fruits, hints of pithy grapefruit, zingy
AA BADENHORST SECATEURS WHITE 2018 (13.5%) ~£12.99 Luvians, Oxford Wine; Stone Vine; Swig
Vibrant freshness, floral notes; laden with savoury buttery richness
DAVID & NADIA CHENIN BLANC 2016 (12.5%) £22 Justerini & Brooks
Lovely balance between acid and fruit weight; beautifully pure
KAMARADERIE CHENIN BLANC 2017 £30 Justerini & Brooks
Gloriously intense and elegant; creamy texture and complexity.

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Bibo Runge Dry Riesling Trocken (£17.99 novelwines.co.uk)
aromatic on the nose with the distinctive “petrol” quality of great riesling
50 Degrees Riesling Trocken 2017 (£10.95 slurp.co.uk)
light, crisp, dry and packed with intense green apple and citrus flavours
Riesling Kabinett, Konigin Victoriaberg, Flick 2018 (£19.99 thewineryuk.com)
beguiling slight smokiness among the fruits and a leavening zestiness
The Cosmic Beetle Pinot Blanc Rheinhessen 2018 (£10.99 vinceremos.co.uk)
has some honeyed and spice notes. Complex and interesting
Villa Wolf Pinot Gris Ernst Loosen Pfalz 2017 (£10.95 slurp, £11.50 tanners)
long-lasting tropical fruits, some spice and smoke
Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer Pfalz 2018 (£9.95 slurp.co.uk)
off-dry style, but brilliant with Asian foods and strong cheeses
Oliver Zeter Sauvignon Blanc Fumé, Pfalz 2017 (£21.99 novelwines; £23.50 oxfordwine)
packed with citrus, gooseberry, passion fruit and green herb flavours

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla Sherry NV (Waitrose, £11.69)
very dry, all sea-spray, dried camomile and yeast
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cab 2017, Australia (Tesco, £9)
Blackcurrants mingle with suede and baked raspberries
Paul Jaboulet Ventoux Les Traverses 2017 (The Wine Society, £8.50)
clarity and warmth, all white pepper, and juicy fruits