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Quite a few wine columns missing from the nationals this weekend

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Paul Cluver Noble Late Harvest 2010, South Africa. 37.5cl, £13.60, Tanners

Incredibly fine balance of sweetness and zing. Remember Opal fruits?

Pieropan Soave Classico 2010, Italy. 37.5cl, £8.50 Harrods

Elegang and classy white that's as refreshing as it is nimble

Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato 2012, Australia 37.5cl, £5.95, Slurp

Immensely fun, sweet, frothy, bubbly

Finest Vin de Pays d'Oc Malbec, France. 18.75cl, £2.29, tesco

Juicy dark red that's packed with fun flavour

Domaine les Yeuses Vermentino 2011, France. £6.95, Lea & Sandeman

Long-lasting, refreshing zip; invigorating, zingy white

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Domaine Thymiopoulos 2011 Jeunes vignes xinomavro Greece (13.5%, Wine Soc £10.50)

perfumed and light-bodied but very definite and persistent

Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia 2011 Greece (12.5%, winedirect, N Young, Highbury ~£14.00)

Refreshing and lively, tinged with the smell of apricots

Hatzidakis Santorini Assyrtiko 2011 Santorini Greece (13.5%, Waitrose, £10.99)

real energy and charge, and tastes as if streaked with grapefruit pith and peel

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2011 Cosmina Pinot Noir Banat, Romania. £6.99, Waitrose

soft-centred mulberry and cherry-filled modern red flecked with oak spice

2007 Noster Nobilis La Perla Del Priorat. £9.98, Asda

tastes rich and powerful, its fruit framed by a firm grip and a plum freshness

2009 Fromm La Strada Syrah, Marlborough. Around £20, Windermere Wine; Caviste

juniper spice underpinned by peppery fruit in the style of Côte Rôtie

the Observer - David Williams

Planeta La Segreta Rosso, Sicily 2011 (~£8.50, greatwesternwine; slurp; nywines)

full of ripe red fruit, dark cherry; faintest twist of typically Italianate bitterness

Bertrand Stehelin, Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet, France 2009 (£9.35, Jascots)

classic hedgerow fruit and subtle savoury flavours; extra level of flavour

Mullineux Syrah, Swartland, SA 2010 (£19.99-£24, Domaine Direct; handford; alfredthegrape)

stunning red by any measure: spicy, silky and shot through with blackberry

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Bastian Rivaner 2011 (12% abv, £8.95 lescaves; £9.95 slurp)

deliciously fragrant, crisp

Minarete Ribera del Duero 2011 (£5.49, Aldi; 13.5% abv)

would make brilliant winter drinking with gutsy stews and casseroles

Albarrada 2011 (£6.99, Laithwaite's; 13% abv)

incredibly moreish, juicy

Scotland on Sunday - Brian Elliott

Graham’s 20 Year Old Tawny Port (£35.49, Waitrose)

long, perfumed, figgy flavours and tasty citrus finish

1999 Graham’s Quinta Dos Malvedos Vintage Port (Sainsbury’s ~£25)

rich, spicy, award-winning

1999 Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim (Tesco ~£25)

well-integrated blaeberry touches

1996 Warre’s Quinta da Cavadinha (Morrisons ~£25)

slightly minty, cherry-centred

2007 Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage Port

dense, dark plum favours with a touch of nutmeg and is ready to drink

Croft’s Pink Port (£10.88, Sainsbury’s)

light, rosé style; spicy aperitif with flavours of dried fruit and herbs

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Matetic Vineyard EQ Syrah 2010, San Antonio, Chile (John Armit, £22)

Packed with blackberry, plum and chocolate with a black-pepper twist

Marksman Brut Blanc de Blancs 2009, Sussex, England (Marks & Spencer, £22)

pure chardonnay, fizzing with crisp apple and toasty, buttery notes

Finest Pouilly-Fumé 2009, Loire Valley, France (Tesco, £12.99)

Taut, tongue-tingling sauvignon with pure, crisp, minerally lemon streak


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