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Quite a few wine columns missing from the nationals this weekend

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Rigal L'instant Truffier Malbec 2001. £6.99 Majestic

Like a giant mulberry tap-dancing in peppercorns

Minarete Ribera del Duero DO Roble 2010. £5.49 Aldi

Rich and fruity Spanish vino with a jot of subtle spice

Kebrilla Grillo, Bruno Fina, IGP Sicilia 2011. £9.60 Tanners

Exotic, zingy, tingling and legendary

Prosecco 2011 Col Vetoraz Extra Dry Valdobbiadene DOCG. £12.95 Jeroboams

Stupendously fruity aromas and a tremendous spectrum of nimble flavours

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

JL Chave Hermitage Blanc 2001 France (yapp.co.uk, £120/bottle)

Smells like waxy white blossom, and tastes slightly of honeycomb

Gigondas Domaine St Gayan 1990 France (yapp.co.uk, £30)

confit of red fruit and figs streaked with black olives.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Le Vieux Donjon 2009 France (14%, yapp.co.uk, £29.95)

classic shape and flow, and a gentle, soft texture

Porto Vecchio Domaine de Torraccia 2009 Corsica (13.5%, yapp.co.uk, £13.25)

reminds me of raspberry leaves, soil, tea and wild herbs

Lirac La Fermade Domaine Maby 2010 France (14.5%, yapp.co.uk, £11.75)

syrah, mourvedre and grenache noir blend with dark, rugged fruit

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2011 Pasico Old Vine Monastrell Shiraz. £5.99, Sainsbury's

cherryish red; robust monastrell; shiraz to soften the tannins

2011 K-Naia Verdejo, Rueda, Spain. £8.99, Booths supermarkets

glassful of fruitiness whose acidity cries out for shellfish risotto

2007 Chateau Doisy-Daene Blanc Sec, Graves. £19.95, Tanners

the lemony freshness of this dry white shines on brightly

the Observer - David Williams

Taste the Difference Marzemino delle Venezie 2011 (£5.99 on offer, Sainsbury's)

pretty, light red; perfumed, fresh red berry and cherry character

The Parcel Series Riesling, Eden Valley 2006 (£9.99, or 2 @ £6.99 Majestic)

penetrating dry white; full of intense limey flavours

Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California (£12.99, Waitrose)

mouthwatering quality to the deep, dark but exuberantly pure fresh fruit

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Paprapuda Pinot Noir 2011 (£5.99; 13.5% abv, Wine Rack)

puts most sub-£12 burgundy to shame

Paprapuda Syrah 2011 (£5.99; 14% abv, Wine Rack)

terrific, gutsy; if anything, even better

Pasico Old Vine Monastrell Shiraz 2011 (£5.99, larger Sains; 14% abv)

rich, spicy; made in a more modern style than many Spanish reds

Les Oliviers Merlot/Mourvedre 2011 (6 @ £5.89 allaboutwine, £5.99 Booths)

a soft, supple red that would rub along with hearty suppers

Tesco Finest Pays d'Oc Malbec 2011 (13% abv, 2 for £12)

vivid, juicy, in about a third of stores.

The Scotsman - Rose Murray Brown

Champagne, DRAPPIER PREMIER CRU NV (£25 Oddbins)

A rich toasty style with 90 per cent red fruit - would suit Bolly lovers.

Maule, Chile OVEJA NEGRA SAUVIGNON BLANC/CARMENERE 2011 (£7.75 Oddbins)

more texture and intensity with the red grape carmenere in the blend.

Bairrada, Portugal FP WHITE 2011 Filipa Pato (£11.50 Oddbins)

Wonderfully honeyed, lemony, creamy palate

Marlborough, New Zealand MACROCARPA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011 (£12 Oddbins)

A little oaked sauvignon adds good depth and mouthfeel.

Ribatejo, Portugal PORTAL DA AGUIA 2009 Quinta da Aloma (£8 Oddbins)

A delicious fruity glugger with succulent fruits and smooth tannins

Costieres de Nimes, CHATEAU DEOR ET DE GUEULES 2009 (£10 Oddbins)

Earthy savoury notes and impressive length.

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Steenrust Chenin Blanc 2011, Stellenbosch (selected Co-op, £11.99)

Vanilla, butterscotch and peach here, in a generous, rounded white

Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2009, Limari (Tesco, £11.99)

toasty, spicy notes from the wood, but balanced

La Forge Estate Marsanne 2010/2011, Pays d'Oc (Waitrose, £9.99)

subtle spice and extra richness to a peachy, juicy white


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