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the Independent - Terry Kirby

Vergelegen DNA 2009. £18.99, sawinesonline; £23.21, vintagemarque

Rich, warming and smoothly satisfying now; will only get better

Mencos Rioja 2012. £9.95, fromvineyardsdirect.com

terrific balance between forward fruit and underlying power

Extra Special Dao 2011. £6,Asda

Brimming with rich dark-red fruits, herbs and a touch of bitter chocolate

the Observer - David Williams

Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay, France 2012 (£10.99, majestic)

reliably effective made by the biggish Burgundian firm

Kumeu Village Chardonnay, Auckland, New Zealand 2010 (£9.50, thewinesociety)

a nervy, nutty bargain that is very far from vin ordinaire

Overnoy Houillon Arbois Pupillin VV, Jura, France 2011 (£23, Caves de Pyrene)

it feels unforced, effortless, full of life

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Fairtrade Pinot Grigio (on offer Co-op £5.59; 12.5% abv)

From Argentina, an unusually lively, fruity

Fairtrade Malbec (on offer Co-op £6.79; 13% abv)

a bit too oaky for me, though it may not be for

Zebra View Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (£6.99 on offer Marks & Spencer 14% abv)

attractively blackcurranty; from South Africa

Asda Extra Special Fairtrade Chenin Blanc 2013 (£7; 14% abv)

better than most Fairtrade chenins I've tasted this

Tesco Finest Swartland Shiraz (on offer £5.49; 14% abv)

consistently reliable

Tesco Finest Stellenbosch Red 2011 (14% abv)

a classy bordeaux drinkalike currently down to £6.99

The Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

JUAN GIL MONASTRELL '4 MESES' 2012 (£8.99, Aitken Wines; WoodWinters)

hearty black-fruited lush, ripe red is such fantastic value

BARBERA D'ASTI 2009 Castello del Poggio (£11, Bacco Wine Shop)

Cherry fruit aromas, crunchy vivid freshness

TASTE THE DIFFERENCE PIC ST LOUP 2011 (£9.99, Sainsbury's)

A good example of an unoaked, herby, spicy

VINALBA CABERNET SAUVIGNON MERLOT 2010 (£7.99 until 25 Feb, Co-op)

This Bordeaux-style blend is very elegant

KATNOOK FOUNDERS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009 (£11.99, Waitrose)

minty eucalyptus notes and deep, rich, velvet smooth

CALUSARI PINOT NOIR 2012 (£6.99, Henderson Wines; Drinkmonger; Waitrose)

very soft, light, easy-going gluggable pinot

WITHER HILLS PINOT NOIR 2010 (£10.50, The Wine Society)

succulent, sweet cherry-fruited pinot

TABALI ESPECIAL SHIRAZ RESERVA 2010 (£9.75, The Wine Society)

so deeply spicy and moreish; robustness

ASDA EXTRA SPECIAL CROZES HERMITAGE 2008 (£8.75, Asda)

packed with the spiciness and pepperiness that we expect

DIEMERSDAL PINOTAGE 2012 (£11.95 bt or £10.79 each for 12, Jeroboams)

intriguingly spicy, big, ripe and very well made

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Casa Silva Petit Verdot Gran Reserva 2009 Colchagua, Chile (£12.99 Averys)

juicy mulberry fruit and a sprinkle of black pepper

Portuga 2012 Lisboa, Portugal (£6.99 Averys)

well-balanced, Parma-violet-; delicious, soft plummy, pruny notes

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough, New Zealand (£10.99 Averys)

Beautifully crafted; lightly grassy, infused with passionfruit

Estrella Moscatel Vino Dulce Valencia, Spain (Morrisons, £4.89)

luscious, honeyed, orange-tinged dessert wine; only 10% alcohol

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Pink Moscato, Innocent Bystander. £6.45 per half, Slurp

Fizzy joy juice: sweet, frothy and excellent

M&S Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2011. £10.99

Floral, fragrant aromas with delicate flavours

Ocean Eight Verve Chardonnay 2011. £24 Lay & Wheeler

As bright and pure as a cascade of diamonds

Jamsheed Beechworth Syrah 2012. £32 Indigo Wines for stockists

The best Syrah I've tasted this year; roasted fennel; black tapenade

Andara Merlot 2012. £3.99 Aldi

Easy and fruity week night sip; romping red is simple, fun

the Telegraph - Hamish Anderson

2011 Porta Velha, Valle Pradinhos, Trás-os-Montes £7.95, Wine Society

easygoing, fragrant blend of tinta roriz and touriga nacional

2010 Quinta dos Roques, Dão £12.25, Oddbins

it delivers plenty: rich brambly fruit, leather and black pepper

2009 Cedro do Noval, Douro £14.99, Ocado

smooth lines of silky fruit and perfumed spice


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