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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2007 Lime Tree Chardonnay, South Australia, Co-op, £3.49 until Aug 3

ripe, juicy, zesty, melon-scented, night-harvested chardonnay

2006 Lime Tree Merlot, Co-op, £3.49 until August 3

oozing with spicy, creosote-spiked, oak-chipped fruit

2007 Finest Grüner Veltliner, Austria, Tesco, £6.49

fine, nutty, grapey, keenly priced; long, punchy, white-pepper finish

2005 Finest Ribera del Duero, Spain, Tesco, £7.19

bursting with delicious, fat, spicy, plummy pizzazz

2007 Château Grand Village Bordeaux Blanc, , Armit £7.95

mouthwatering, lively, verdant, citrussy edition

2001 Quinta da Falorca Reserva, Dão, Portugal, Armit, £12.60

gorgeous, herby, briary, violet-scented, French oak-aged fruit

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2002 Roederer Brut Vintage Rosé, £49.95-£63 Wmbldn Wine, Vint Hse, H Nics

Not Cristal, but one of the best rosé champagnes

2002 Roederer Brut Vintage, £45.95-£63 Wmbldn, Vint, HNic, BBR, F&M

Rich brioche and candied citrus flavours

Quartet, Roederer Estate, £14.99-£19.99 Waitrose; Majestic, 2 @ £14.99 each

Convincing champagne lookalike made in California

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2006 Tesco Reserve Australian Shiraz. £4.65, Tesco

summery everday wine whose cinnamon-spicy aromas

2006 Zilzie Viognier. £6.18, Asda

typically opulent, peachy style from Australia

2006 Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay. £17.99, Waitrose

stylish, intense dry white

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2007 Otra Vida Malbec, Mendoza (£4.99, 13%, Sainsbury's)

concentrated, violet- and blackberry-scented

2004 Minervois La Livinière, L'Atelier d'Art, £8.19, 13%, Great Gro

smoky, spicy, beautifully crafted

2006 Waitrose Douro Reserva £9.99

rich powerful, smoothly tannic

2004 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso, Righetti. 2 @ £10.39 Majestic

and the savoury, complex, sweet-and-sour-like

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2006 Atlantique Sauvignon Blanc/Gros Manseng. £4.45, Co-op

crisp citrus flavours and hints of spiced peaches

2007 Château Pech-Latt. £4.66 if you buy three Waitrose

deliciously spicy and full-bodied with plenty of blackberry fruit

2005 J-P Moueix Bordeaux Supérieur. £8.89 as part of a case; Private Cellar

full-flavoured, intense, juicy and dark with rich, ripe rounded fruit

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Emeri Bianco De Bortoli NV. £7.99, Tesco

Sparkling, medium-sweet, smelling of honeysuckle and fresh grapes

Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2006. £17.99, Waitrose

It's oaked, but gently so; really fresh, citrus tang

Pirie South Riesling 2006, Tasmania. £9.39, Noel Young Wines

Riven through with bolts of lime juice, with a gently floral nose

Tahbilk Marsanne 2006, Australia. £9.99, Sainsbury's

It's unoaked, vivacious, a little peachy, with a waxy texture


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