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week beginning 25/03/2013

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Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Moscatel do Douro Reserva 1996, Quinta do Portal. £7.95, Wine Soc

Sunny sultanas in a glass. With rich sweetness and toasty layers

Taste the Difference 12-Yr-Old Sweet pedro Ximenez. £7.99, Sainsbury

Luscious, dark, sweet and inviting. Like a world of figs and dates

Seriously plummy Grandre reserve maury. £10.99 Waitrose

If you're a fan of Port, this has similar appeal

Dow Quinta do Bonfim 2001 Vintage Port. £28, tesco

Very spicy, sweet and intensely moreish; fragrance as well as depth

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Extra Special Vignes de la Citadelle 2010, Bordeaux (Asda, £7.07)

soft, plummy quality, dab of fresh mint and lively finish

Chateau Cru Cantemerle 2009, Bordeaux Superieur (tanners, £8.95)

sweetish redcurrant fruit; cedarwood and fresh tobacco complexity

the Independent Anthony Rose

2010 Torre del Falco Nero di Troia, Puglia. £5.59 on offer Waitrose

full of berry flavours and spicy notes

2011 Talinay Chardonnay, Limari Valley, Chile. 2 = £12.99, Majestic

intense aromatics and a rich quality with a steely mineral character

2009 La Grola, Allegrini, Veneto. £18-£22, Tesco, Halifax, Secr Cel, NYoung

concentrated morello cherry; spicy oak and Italianate acidity

the Observer - David Williams

Tesco Finest Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc 2011 (£6 from 27 March)

kind of Muscadet on the Med – with its lemon-citrus tang

Graci Etna Rosso, Sicily 2010 (from £18.75, Berry Bros, Vinoteca, Noble Green)

exotic note of spice and flowers; pinot noir-like elegance and silkiness

Graham's Crusted Port (from £17.99, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Tesco)

full of vibrant fruits of the forest and lavender

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Duiker White 2012 (13% abv, 2 @ £7.99 Majestic)

a smooth, peachy blend of chenin, chardonnay and grenache

Duiker Shiraz Cinsault 2011 (13.5%, 2 @ £7.99 Majestic)

lovely, ripe; tastes like a supercharged Cotes du Rhone

Salentein Portillo Malbec 2011 (14% abv, 2 @ £6.99 Majestic)

a cracking malbec from Argentina's up-and-coming Uco Valley

Lagunilla Casa del Comendador Rioja Reserva 2007 (13.5% abv, 2 @ £6.99 Majestic)

ridiculously good mature rioja

Marques de Valido Rioja Reserva 2008 (13% abv, £5.49, The Co-op)

The only thing that might discourage you is that it's got a fair amount of oak

Domaine du Seuil Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 2005 (£6.99 Davis Bell McCraith)

terrific - it's not just the supermarkets that have bargains

Scotland on Sunday - Brian Elliott

2011 Coolwater Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, NZ, 13%. £7.49 on offer Sainsbury

soft, tangerine-based laye; fresh grapefruit acidity and sherbet lime

2011 Brancott Estate Pinot Noir Marlborough, NZ, 13%. £6.98 on offer Asda

soft raspberry and cherry fruits; slightly woody, mineral and all-spice finish

the Telegraph - Hamish Anderson

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Vergelegen £8.79 (x 2), Majestic

fresh, savoury elements to the dark, blackberry-rich fruit

2010 RM Nicholson, Rustenberg £12.50, Ten Acre Wines

brooding spice and rich, lingering plum-laden character

2010 Cabernet Franc, Raats £18.35, Corking Wines

opulent, luxurious; fresh edges of red fruit and spice

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