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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2008 Errazuriz Chardonnay, Chile Sainsbury’s, £5; Majestic, 3 @ £4.99 on offer

Delicious, buttery Chilean chardonnay with real class and elegance.

2008 Torres Viña Sol, Spain Waitrose, £3.99 until February 16

comforting winter white, made from the parellada grape, a sunny, citrusy fruit.

2008 Errazuriz Merlot, Chile Sainsbury’s, £5 until January 19

impressive rich, juicy, plum and creosote-stashed merlot

2009 The Whale Caller Shiraz-Cabernet, South Africa Waitrose, £3.89

tasty, oak-chipped, shiraz- dominant South African red with simple, jammy fruit.

2007 Chablis, Isabelle et Denis Pommier, Private Cellar £13.50

lively, verdant, tongue-tingling fruit; try tucking it away for a few years

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Verduno Pelaverga, Fratelli Alessandria, 2008 (£12.95 BBR)

Needs a nice big glass to show its winning character

Rozaleme 2004 (£7.75 greenandbluewines.com)

Old bobal with a dash of tempranillo — dark and refreshing with a leathery snap

Haute Cabrière Chardonnay/Pinot Noir 2008 (£8.79 htfwines.co.uk)

old-fashioned blast of full-throttle fruit

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2007 Murets de Gouts, Côtes du Marmandais. 2 = £4.99, Majestic

softly juicy, herbal red-berry fruitiness and a savoury aftertaste.

2007 Perez Burton, Rioja Alavesa. £8.99, Marks & Spencer

juicy cherry fruitiness, lightly tinged with vanilla

2007 Crozes Hermitage, Papillon, Domaine Gilles Robin. £14.75, Lea & Sandeman

elegantly stated red, mingling smoky paprika with spiced plum

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2007 Yalumba Y Series Shiraz/Viognier, Australia (£7.09, 13.5%, Tesco)

unoaked, plum and apricot fruity

2008 McHenry Hohnen Cabernet/Merlot, Margaret River (2 @ £7.99, 14.5%, Majestic)

aromatic, finely crafted

2006 Coyam, Colchagua (£12.99, 14.5%, www.virginwines.com)

silky, sweetly oaked, biodynamically-produced

2008 O Fournier Centauri Red Blend (£14.95, Bottle Apostle, Butlers, D Byrne, SA Wines)

profound, savoury, refreshing, Priorat-like

2007 Colomé Malbec, Calchaqui Valley (£14.99, 14%, www.waitrosewine.com)

smoky, refreshing, subtly spicy

2008 Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block (£16.99, 14.5%, waitrosewine.com, Oddbins)

rich, broad, brambly, harmonious

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Viña Leyda Costero Riesling 2009 (2 @ £6.95 Majestic; 13.5% abv)

brisk and fresh and tight.

Mineralstein Riesling 2008 (£6.99, Marks & Spencer; 11.5% abv)

medium-dry, it glides through the mouth in a measured, steady manner

Vidal Riesling 2008 Marlborough (£8.99 Oddbins; 12.5% abv)

has precision, but it's what I'd describe as open weave

Erste & Neue Kellerei Weissburgunder 2008 (£11.25, Bottle Apostle; 13% abv)

lovely texture, and a sheen and gloss that give it a chablis-like mouthfeel

Scotland on Sunday - Will Lyons

2006 Mosaic Viognier, Vermentino, Chardonnay, BLebanon, £7.99

intoxicating nose and notes of pineapple, citrus and jasmine

2007 Markus Molitor Riesling Trocken, Germany, £8.95

citrusy lemon and lime flavours, pleasing, long acidity

2008 Pinotage, Zalze, Western Cape, South Africa, £6.99

bursting with ripe, red cherry and plum; unctuous creamy finish

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Stratum Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand (Oddbins, £6.99)

restrained, elegant flavours of gooseberry and lime

Primitivo Vini Del Sole 2008, Puglia, Italy (Oddbins, £7.99)

replete with ripe, spiced blackberries

Vi Negre Dos 2007, Valencia, Spain (Oddbins, £10.99)

Complex; hints of wood spice, black pepper and cassis


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