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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2006 Andrew Peace Limited Release Chardonnay, £8.99 Co-op

intense, juicy, verdant, lime zest and butter-packed

2006 Andrew Peace Limited Release Shiraz-Cabernet, £8.99 Co-op

Not as tasty as chardonnay, but still oozing with jammy, briary spice

2007 Gnarly Petit Verdot-Shiraz Rosé, Australia, Waitrose, £6.69

ripe, sweet, perfumed peppery pink with a fine floral finish

2005 Bourgueil, Racines, Frédéric Mabileau, Waitrose, £11.99

Verdant, crunchy Loire red; lots of vegetal fruit. Order on 0800 188881

2004 Le Clos Jordanne Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, Niagara. Liberty £25.49

rich, gamey, Marmite-like spice is almost burgundian

2004 Solalto, Toscana, Fattoria Le Pupille, Italy, Liberty 37.5cl £16.49

peach, apricot and orange peel-stashed sticky from southern Tuscany

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2005 Château d’Arcins, Haut-Médoc, £13.50 Nicolas

Seductively cedar-sweet, with supple tannins

2005 Château Barreyres, Haut-Médoc, £8.99 Sainsbury's

Young and chunky, but already enjoyable, and should last five years

2003 Château Cèdre d’Arthus, Bordeaux, £9.95 Private Cellar, 01353 721999

Velvety, round, St-Emilion style. Ready for drinking

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2001 Berberana Rioja Gran Reserva, 2 @ £9.49 Majestic

lovely, mature tannins go all silky and vanilla-ish

2002 Houghton 'HRB', Australia. £7.15 John Gerard Wines

sophisticated, with complex, brambly fruit and subtle oak

2003 Penfolds 'St Henri', Australia. £24.99; Telegraph £22.49 Tesco

meaty and richly chocolatey, and jam-packed with damson fruit

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2007 Marlborough Hills Sauvignon. £4.99, Majestic on offer

elderfloral fragrance and refreshingly tropical gooseberry

2006 Etim Blanc, Montsant. £6.99, Bacchanalia, Bentley's, Yarrow

light touch of smoky oak and powerfully full-bodied fruitiness

2005 Circumstance Merlot, Waterkloof. £11.99, N Young, Momentum

polished, dark cherry-fragrant merlot in the St Emilion mould

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2006 Saumur L'Insolite, Roches Neuves. £13.29, Caves de Pyrène

rich, bone-dry, delicately oaked

2005 Fiano di Avellino, Guido Marsella, £11.30 Caves de Pyrène

spicy, ginger-scented

2005 Carso Terrano, AA Zidarich, Friuli, £17.65 Caves de Pyrène

grassy, refreshing; made from Refosco

2002 Trousseau, Caveau de Bacchus, £11.79 Caves de Pyrène

delicate, almost Pinot Noir-like

2006 La Guerrerie, Le Clos de Tue Boeuf, £11.15 Caves de Pyrène

juicy, raspberry and damson fruity

2003 Recioto di Soave, Vigna Marogne, £16.49 Caves de Pyrène

sweet vanilla- and tropical fruit-like

2006 Maven Pinot Noir, Marlborough. £9.19, selected Tesco

notes of wild strawberry, sun-dried tomato and vanilla

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Villa Maria 'Gateway Vineyard' Sauvignon Blanc. £12.99, Maj

supercharged, full of minerality; classic Marlborough gooseberry

Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling 2005. £13.19, Tesco

fierce yet elegant, precise expression of riesling

Casillero del Diablo Cab Sauvignon 2006 £4.49-£5.99, Sai, Som, Mor, Tes

feisty cabernet sauvignon

St Hallett Poacher's Blend 2006, £6.99 Waitrose

bounces around in your mouth; zing of citrus and softer melon


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