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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2007 Centellito Verdejo, Rueda, Majestic Wine, 2 @ £4.49

lively lime and lemon peel-spiked fruit; crisp, vibrant style

2006 Fuentespina Tempranillo Granate, Ribera del Duero, Majestic 2 @ £4.99

gorgeous ripe, spicy, oaky red with plenty of plump, plummy fruit

2007 Maven Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, Wine Rack, 3 @ £6.66

oozes with powerful nettle, herb and tropical fruit flavours

2006 Maven Chardonnay, Marlborough, Wine Rack, 3 @ £6.66 each

heaving with fine, verdant, tangy, oaky, appley fruit.

2005 Gewürztraminer Réserve, Cave Vinicole à Hunawihr Liberty Wines £9.49

joyous, fat, waxy ‘05 is blessed with lots of peach and lychee spice

2006 Crozes-Hermitage, Les Jalets, Paul Jaboulet, Liberty Wines, £11.99

lively, inky, plummy, peppery fruit you’d expect from a top southern Rhône vintage

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2006 Tesco Finest Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, £13.49
Complex and pure with sweet, savoury nutmeg aromas

2005 Margaret River Show Reserve Shiraz, £6.99 Real Wine Co

Spicy, sweet red-berry fruit. Focused, full, soft

2005 Greenstone Shiraz, £13.99-£15.95 Philglas; Fine Wine Co; Taurus

From Heathcote in Victoria: spicy aromas, silky texture, lush raspberry fruit

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2006 Radcliffe's Haut Poitou Sauvignon VDQS. £4.66 on 3 for 2, Thresher

refreshingly juicy Loire sauvignon blanc; everyday springtime dry white

2005 Tesco Finest Alsace Pinot Gris, Cave de Turckheim. £6.25, Tesco

rich, spicy and delicately honeyed example of the variety

2006 Gladstone Pinot Noir. £13.75, Great Western Wine; Fine Wine Co

delightful, raspberryish New Zealand pinot noir

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2006 Darting Estate Riesling, Pfalz (£6.99, Marks & Spencer)

classic Pfalz style, showing rich tropical fruit flavours

2006 Horst Sauer, Eschendorfer Lump Riesling Trocken (£18.36, J&B)

more Alsace-like with notes of peach and fresh pears and minerally acidity

2006 Rothenberg Riesling Trocken, Freiherr Heyl zu Hernsheim (£31.26 armit.co.uk)

taut, intense and finely crafted

2007 Tesco Finest Tingleup Great Southern Riesling (£5.99, Tesco)

fresh, tangy and lime-scented

2006 Mesh Eden Valley Riesling (£12.99, ozwines.co.uk; £14.99, Oddbins)

more Germanic in style with focused, citrus and mineral characters

2007 Spy Valley Riesling, Marlborough (£7.99, Bibendum)

perfumed, yet under-stated, with fruit and acidity in harmony

2007 Apremont, Les Rocailles, Vin de Savoie (£5.99 until 27 April Waitrose)

light-bodied, faintly spritzy; crisp and grapefruity with lovely, palate-tingling acidity

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2000 Gran Clos, JM Fuentes, Priorat (£28.50; Fortnum & Mason)

fantastically concentrated, packed with leathery rich spice

2005 La Planella, Montsant (£9.95; Laymont & Shaw)

from Cellers Joan d'Anguera; lots of juicy fruit and a soft, savoury finish

2006 Casa de la Ermita, Viognier, Jumilla (£6.69 Whle Fds, Brstl Wn, PotG, Hail)

delicate sweet-edged apricot and peach flavours; dry, spicy finish

2007 Torres Viña Sol, Cataluña (£4.99 Asd, Boo, Co, Mor, Sai, Tes, Thr, Wai)

Crisp and dry, fresh and fruity, with hints of spicy fennel

2007 Tesco Finest* Navarra Rosé, Navarra (£5.99; Tesco)

rose-petal pink, soft, supple and vibrantly fruity, but with a clean, dry finish

2006 Marqués de Alella Clásico, Alella (£8.25; Moreno Wines)

utterly charming. Cold-fermented; crisp and dry, with hints of lemon and lime

Hidalgo Pedro Ximénez Viejo "Triana" Sherry, (£9.99 Majestic)

black and gloopy, full of lusciously sweet raisins, prunes and molasses

2007 Con Class Vendimia Excepcional, Rueda (£5.99; Adnams)

complex aromas of nettles, melons, honey and citrus

2004 Navajas Tinto Crianza, 13% vol, DO Ca Rioja (£6.95; Wine Society)

Soft, smooth and velvety, with creamy ripe fruit and delicate whiffs of vanilla

2003 Roda, Rioja (£23.99 Oddbins)

intense, concentrated, spicy fruit backed by soft, silky-smooth tannins

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Domaine Frédéric Mabileau, Racines 2005. £11.99 Waitrose

In six branches only, 'serious' cabernet franc, sinewy, profound and braced

Tesco Finest Valpolicella Ripasso 2005, Italy. £6.12, Tesco

all sour cherries with textural ruffles. Lovely.

Château de Sours Rosé 2007, Bordeaux. £8.49, or 2 @ £7.49 Majestic

anaemic and now vastly overpriced for what it is. Avoid.

Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Stellenbosch, South Africa. 2 @ £7.49 Majestic

light-sabre intensity, green fig flavours and great length


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