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week beginning 07/12/2009

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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2009 Concha y Toro Sunrise Sauvignon Blanc, Chile. Waitrose £3.99

Soft, ripe, spicy; sufficient lively, verdant fruit

2008 Concha y Toro Sunrise Merlot, Chile. Waitrose £3.99

delicious, easy-drinking, sweet, juicy, creosote-licked

Extra Cuvée Seleccionada Codorniu Brut. Morrisons, £4.99, Majestic £5.49

light, floral, lemony, Spanish cava fizz merits my undying love

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Rustenberg John X Merriman 2006 (£9.99-£12.99 AG Wines, Majestic, Waitrose)

bright and fruit-laced South African reworking of the Simard style

Coume Marie Préceptorie de Centernach 2007 (£10.95 Wine Society)

Freshly aromatic from the French deep south — appley, creamy

2004 Larmandier-Bernier VV de Cramant Blanc de Blancs (£48.95-£55 Lea & Sand; Berry Bros)

masterpiece from one of champagne’s most accomplished small growers

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2009 Errazuriz Estate Tapihue Block Sauvignon Blanc, £4.99 on offer Tesco

half-way between assertive NZ flavours and the nettley freshness of Sancerre

2008 Viña Leyda Costero Syrah, Leyda, Chile. 2 @ £6.95, Majestic

spicy red displays Rhône's peppery edge with berry opulence.

2007 Waipara Hills Southern Cross Pinot Noir, Central Otago. £12.99, Sainsbury

fragrant rhubarby aroma, following through with classic red-berry fruit

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2009 Bellingham The Bernard Series Roussanne, Paarl (£9.99, Sainsbury's)

Big, bold, mealy, toasty; notes of pears and nutmeg spice.

2007 Rustenberg Syrah, Stellenbosch (2 @ £12.99 Majestic)

Smoky, powerful, aromatic; voluptuous tannins and blackberry fruit.

2008 Saddle-back Pinot Noir, Central Otago (£14.99, selected M&S)

Light, but with lovely perfume and supple raspberry fruit.

2007 Craggy Range Block 14 Syrah, Hawke's Bay (£16.99, Oddbins)

As good as anything in the New World – spice, pepper and depth.

2008 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner Hefeabzug, Wachau (£13.99, Majestic)

Elegant, minerally, biodynamic; citrus and white-pepper notes.

2006 Rabl Titan Zweigelt, Kamptal (£14.99. Waitrose Wine Direct)

Light, refreshing, delicately oaked Zweigelt.

2008 Tesco Finest Tingleup Riesling, Great Southern (£7.09, 12%)

Outstanding Riesling – bone dry, lightly toasty and very crisp.

2008 Vidal Riesling, Marlborough (£8.99, Oddbins)

Off-dry in a Mosel-meets-Marlborough style; appley, sweet and sour flavours.

2008 Tim Adams Semillon, Clare Valley (£9.99, Tesco)

Youthful, oaky and restrained; lovely honeysuckle and herbal complexity.

2006 Tim Adams The Aberfeldy, Clare Valley (£25.99, selected Tesco)

Brilliant; masses of minty, spicy, plummy, oak-saturated power.

2008 Porcupine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, (£6.99, Sainsbury's)

firm tannins and sweet bramble and cassis fruit.

2008 Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block, (£16.99, www.waitrosewine.com)

Exotic; spice, blackberry fruit and lush tannins.

2007 Charmasson Côtes du Rhône Villages, Plan de Dieu (2 @ £5.99 Majestic)

Aromatic, unoaked Grenache/Syrah with black olive and rosemary notes.

2007 André Brunel, Côtes du Rhône (£8.99, www.virginwines.com)

Very serious, Grenache-based blend with plum, raspberry and liquorice.

2008 Domaine Ventenac Chenin/Colombard, Vin de Pays (£6.99, Waitrose)

Tasty, grapefruity, tangy, unoaked white blend

2007 Yalumba Hand-Picked Tempranillo/Grenache/Viognier (£9.99, Waitrose)

Innovative red/white blend from Yalumba: textured and savoury

2008 Vernaccia di San Gimignano, A Passoni (2 @ £7.99 Majestic)

Fresh, citrus fruit and green olive-scented white

2007 Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz, Barossa (2 @ £19 Majestic)

Not subtle, but what a wine – coconut, sweet black fruits and fine-grained tannins.

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

La Grille Chenin Blanc 2008 Anjou (2 @ £5.49 Majestic; 11% abv)

lithe, citrus taste with a smell of white flowers and perhaps a slight tinge of honey

La Jalousie 2007 Savennières (£13.99, Waitrose; 14% abv)

lovely, creamy-textured, lingering finish

Les Caillardières 2004 Savennières (£15.95, James Nicholson 14.5% abv)

gently integrated, and exudes the light scent of mushroom peel

Closel Clos du Papillon 2004 ( James Nicholson, £19.95; 14.5% abv)

has reached a beautiful balance between maturity and vivacity

Scotland on Sunday - Will Lyons

2009 Chenin Blanc, Zalze, South Africa, £5.99 Tesco

lovely little number form the western Cape

2008 Sauvignon Blanc, The Taniwha, New Zealand, £5 (down from £10) Waitrose

Bursting with ripe gooseberry and white-flower aromas

2006 Shiraz, Anakena, Rapel Valley, Chile, £5.69 Co-op

Restrained in style, it shows all the hallmarks of a classic syrah

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Jacky Marteau, (Marks & Spencer, £6.49)

Lively, lemon-laced sauvignon blanc with a mineral dash

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve (selected Waitrose £22.99 on offer)

tends to show well on release (toasty, rich) but also ages successfully

De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2006, Australia (Majestic, £12.99)

complex notes of barley sugar, peach and marmalade


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