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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2005 Domaine Tranquillité, Bernard Magrez. Majestic, 2 @ £4.99

impressive, rich, velvety, plummy, whopping 14.5 per cent alcohol Midi red

2007 Castelvero Barbera d’Asti, Araldica, Sainsbury’s, £4.65 until Tuesday

big, fat, inky, prune, plum and cherrystashed red

2001 Castillo San Lorenzo Rioja Gran Reserva, Tesco, £4.99 until Wednesday

scented, savoury, clove and vanilla-stacked

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Craggy Range Single Vineyard Block 14 Syrah 2006 (£21.95 Davy’s)

Thrilling, muscular and peppery classic

John Duval Entity Barossa Valley Shiraz 2006 (£20.99 Noel Young)

Restrained power and elegance from the former maker of Grange

Marananga Dam Old Vines Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2005 (£9.99 M&S)

Warm, spicy blend from Torbreck, a star Barossa winery

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2008 Yarra Hills Chardonnay, Yarra Valley. Buy 2 = £4.99, Majestic

green olive aromas and honeydew melon-like fruitiness

2007 Domaine du Joncier Le Classique Lirac. £7.99 until Tuesday, Waitrose

heartwarming pepper and plum fruitiness

2001 Viña Arana, Reserva, La Rioja Alta. £19.95, Berry Bros & Rudd

all game and autumnal bonfire smoke; succulent palate

the Times - Tim Atkin

2009 Chilean Sauvignon Blanc Taste the Difference (£5.99, Sainsbury)

Tangy and ocean-crisp with grapefruit and gooseberry flavours

2009 Costero Riesling, Viña Leyda San Antonio (2 @ £6.99 Majestic)

notes of minerals and fresh limes here, with taut acidity

2009 Cascara Limarí Valley Chardonnay De Martino (£6.99, Marks & Spencer)

melon and citrus to the fore, but there’s a hint of smoky, vanilla oak

2007 Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley (£9.99, Oddbins)

aromas and flavours of mint and blackcurrant pastille

2006 Coyam, Colchagua Valley (£12.50, The Wine Society)

stunning red at the price; svelte and smooth, with textured tannins

2007 O Fournier Centauri Red Blend, Maule Valley (£12.99, D. Byrne & Co)

rich, spicy and profound, with super-ripe, sun-baked flavours

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

St Michael Eppian Pinot Grigio 2008 (£9.99, Waitrose; 13% abv)

fresh bite and cleanly contoured finish

Josef Weger Pinot Grigio 2008 (£13.50, keith@viaggiovino.co.uk; 13%)

intense concentration and hints of clementines

Josef Weger Pinot Grigio Gewürztraminer 2008 (£15.50, as above; 13%)

dry, and soars with delicate bergamot, honeysuckle and jasmine scents

Weingut Niklas Lagrein 2007 (£10.15, slurp.co.uk; £10.80, Les Caves 12%)

herbaceous undertones and spikes of coffee grounds

Scotland on Sunday

Sizanani Chenin Blanc 2009 - £5.99 – Oddbins

Tropical fruit; zesty acidity and hints of melon and guava

Spier Shiraz 2008 - £6.65 2 @ £4.99 – Majestic

Rich spicy plum aromas, with hints of white pepper

Tesco Finest* Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc 2008 - £6.99

Ripe apple fruit character and honey overtones

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Bimbadgen Botrytis Semillon 2006, Australia (£7.99 for 37.5cl)

tropical pineapple and apricots, with some toasty, spicy depths

Clos De Nouys 2007 Vouvray Demi-Sec, France (some Waitrose, £9.99 for 37.5cl)

fine, off-dry, succulent white with tangy apple and quince fruit

Darting Estate Eiswein 2007, Germany (Marks & Spencer, £14.99 for 37.5cl)

Plenty of apple and grapefruit flavour, but very low in alcohol


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