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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2008 Houghton Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon, Majestic Wine, £4.99

Snap up this stunning, grassy sauvignon — it won’t hang around for long.

2008 Houghton Cabernet-Shiraz-Merlot, Majestic, £4.99

Not as starry as the white; velvety, ripe, dusky, plum and currant.

2007 Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Chardonnay, Sainsbury’s, £6.16 from Wed

juicy, melon and tropical fruit-charged West Coast chardonnay.

2008 Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Shiraz, Sainsbury’s, £6.16 from Wed

fat, ripe, inky, berry fruit-laden shiraz is yours for a song.

2007 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico, Allegrini, 50cl, Liberty £34.99

luscious red bursts with gorgeous, creamy, smoky, prune and violet-perfumed style

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

South African Sauvignon Blanc, Elim 2008 (£9.95 Wine Society)

Grassy, delicious and ageable

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (£13.50 Wine Society)

Exquisite mix of minerals and grapefruit

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (£18 Majestic)

back on form and zingily full of pure fruit and lively acidity

the Independent - Terry Kirkby

Carchelo Jumilla, 2009. £10.99 (or six for £8.79 each), oddbins.com

masses of big, dark fruit flavours held together by a spicy finish.

Champteloup Chardonnay Val de Loire, 2009. £6.99 waitrosewine.com

creamily full-flavoured and lightly oaked Chardonnay

Rockbare Tinder Box McLaren Vale Shiraz, 2008

velvety and raisiny, with touches of spice and chocolate

the Observer - David Williams

Angosto White, Valencia, Spain 2009 (£8.49, Oddbins, oddbins.com)

florality, exotic fruits, orange zest and pin-sharp freshness.

Fié Gris, Domaine de l'Aujardière, France 2009 (£14.95, Lea & Sandeman)

distinctive, a dry, herb-and-mineral inflected, citrussy

Piccini Supertuscan IGT, Italy 2008 (£8.99, Tesco)

slick, well-built and smooth but with plenty of grip

the Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Jagnet Müller-Thurgau 2009 (£10.50; 12.5% abv Vinoteca)

fragrant , from Karpatska Perla in Slovakia, which I enjoyed on my last visit.

PF 2009 (£16.75, or £15.10 as part of a mixed case; 14.5% abv Vagabond)

tuning bobal from biodynamic producer Bodegas Ponce in Manchuela.

Chalk Hill Penance 2008 (£13.99; 14.5% abv Naked Wines)

a turbo-charged blend of shiraz, cabernet and grenache

Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

DOMAINE MAGELLAN BLANC 2006 (£9, Villeneuve Wines)

spicy grenache/rousanne double grape blend

MACON TERROIR DE CHARNAY 2009 Christophe Cordier (£9.99 Majestic Wine)

superb: creamy, slightly oaky - with a concentration and richness

SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 Domaine de Mandeville (£4.99, on offer M&S)

A very well-made vin de pays d'oc, superbly blended

REUILLY LA FERTE 2009 Alain & Matthieu Mabillot (£9.50, www.thewinesociety.com)

grassy, steely, fresh, clean mineral character.

GEWURZTRAMINER 2009 Cave de Turckheim (£6.99, on offer M&S)

Leading co-op, Turckheim, has made a very good entry-level gewurz.

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Extra Special Primitivo 2008, Italy (Asda, £6.98)

Burly, blackberry-packed southern Italian

Domaine Combes 2009, Saint Chinian, France (Waitrose, £6.99)

rich core of red plum and hints of thyme and chocolate.

Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2007, (Majestic, 2 @r £8.99)

juicy flavours of plum and redcurrant and a dash of wood spice


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