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Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Chateau David Bordeaux Superieur 2010, £6.49, Sainsbury's

tightly packed with a sense of austerity

Vidal-Fleury Cairanne 2010. 2 @ £8.79 Majestic

Mulberry-like power with spicy depth

Chianti Classico Torre Gena 2007, £9.99 M&S

Let the air get at it to maximise the rich, tangy power

Tesco Finest Vintage Port 1994. £17.99

Sweet, luxurious, spicy flavours

Eva's Vineyard Chenin Blanc/Pinot Grigio/Kiralyleanyka 2010, £3.79 Waitrose

Light, zippy white wine with a floral twist

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Domaine de Pellehaut Ampelomeryx 2009 France (12.5%, £8.15, Booths)

succulent and interesting; slightly nutty; reminiscent of waxy sunflower seeds

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2008 Australia (13.5%; Asda £6.98 to 7th Feb, £9.49 Wait)

black pepper, black licorice, cedary oak and calm architecture

Greywacke Chardonnay 2009 Marlborough, NZ (14.5%, £23.99, Noel Young)

wild yeast fermented, French oak, not fat at all despite the alcohol

the Independent on Sunday - Terry Kirkby

McHenry Hohnen Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc 2010. £8.75, thewine society

finely tuned; tropical-fruit aromas and lingering but clean, grassy mineral flavours

Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley 2009. 2 @ £8.79 Majestic; £9.95, slurp

full, rich and concentrated; tastes of leather, tar, mint and eucalyptus

Four Sisters Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling. £9.99, Nisa stores; thedrinkcellar

full of light, grassy minerality, as clean and invigorating as a Bondi Beach breeze

the Observer - David Williams

Asda Corbières, France 2010 (£3.69, Asda)

light-bodied, easy-drinking; bright plummy fruit.

Stopham Estate Pinot Gris, West Sussex, England 2010 (£14.99, Noel Young)

precision-tooled, Alsace-style off-dry white with delicate floral aromas

Eben Sadie Sequillo Red, Swartland, South Africa 2009 (£19.95, Berry Bros & Rudd)

Power meets elegance in a Rhône-style red blend

Bodegas Ponce Clos Lojen, Manchuela, Spain (£11.10, Green & Blue Wines)

seriously beautiful red; beaujolais-like unrestrained red fruitiness

Leitz Rosengarten Rüdesheimer Riesling Kabinett, Rheingau 2010 (£10.99, Waitrose)

low in alcohol and high in lime and floral flavour

Taste the Difference Fairtrade Pinotage, Western Cape 2010 (£7.99, Sainsbury's)

succulent perfumed dark cherry fruit and soft tannins

the Guardian - Fiona Beckett

First Drop Mother's Milk Shiraz 2009 (£14.99-£15.99, Secret Cellar; Sampler; Cambridge Wine)
Paxton AAA Shiraz/Grenache 2009 (£13.05, The Sampler)

wear their 14% abv lightly; delicious

Battle of Bosworth, 2011 Puritan Shiraz

joyously fruit-brimmed; should arrive at Bibendum in a couple of months

Castagna Genesis Syrah, £40 Wine Society

sensational, though pricey

2009 Picardy Shiraz (£22, auswineonline.co.uk; 13.5% abv)

glorious; wouldn't leave côte rôtie fans feeling short-changed.

2010 Oxford Landing Cabernet Shiraz (13% abv 2 @ £4.99, Majestic)
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2008 (13.5% abv £6.98 at Asda)
Peter Lehmann Portrait Series Barossa Shiraz 2009 (14.5% abv £7.95 at Great Western Wine)

You'd be hard-pushed to find better prices in Oz.

Scotland on Sunday - Brian Elliott

2011 Waitrose Sauvignon Blanc, Chile, 12.5% £5.75 (down from £7.69 until 24 Jan)

balanced acidity and Marlborough-style grassy, gooseberry flavours

2009 Kiwi House Merlot Hawkes Bay, NZ, 12.5%. £9.99, Lockett Bros

ripe black cherry; touches of mint that develops into a damson and cinnamon

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

The Arran Malt 10 Year Old Single Malt (arranwhisky.com, specialist shops, £29.99)

Fresh and lightly fruity, with lemon and banana notes and a touch of clove

Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt, Islay (Tes, Sai, Wai, Asd and specialists ~£43.99)

pungent, richly peaty, wood-smoky; big fruity finish

Santa Rita 120 Carmenère 2010, Chile (Majestic, 2 @ £5.99 until 30 January)

plenty of black fruit, pepper and wood-spice to stand up to the haggis


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