Top 10 wines in the UK press
Matthew Jukes lets us in on a wine he sometimes buys for restaurants, while Jane MacQuitty reveals a Riesling that she has been “waiting all winter for”.
MacQuitty also recommends a South African Cabernet as “a keeper” although she does say it could be drunk now, or you could chose to “follow the back label’s innovative optimum drinking chart that rates this chunky 14 per cent alcohol red as ready anytime from mid-2013 to 2023 and beyond”.
Other recommendations from across the UK press this week include a Spanish red to enjoy with your midweek meal and a “fantastic fruity white that belongs in your fridge”.
Find out which wines have been recommended in the UK press this week.
Ventisquero Vertice 2007
Fiona Beckett from The Guardian is backing this Chilean wine as a 2007 to enjoy. She said that, “despite the heavy bottle to which Americans, north and south, seem addicted, it’s a truly fabulous wine, smooth, ripe and velvety. And underpriced for the quality.”
Bénédicte and Stéphane Tissot, Savagnin, Jura
David Williams tells his readers in The Observer, about what he describes as a “Marmite white”. He wrote: “I love it because it reminds me of dry sherry: though it’s not as strong, it has the same intensely nutty, salty savoury character, which it gets from ageing in barrels, like fino sherry, under a layer of yeast, for the better part of three years. Others hated it for the same reason.”
Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2010/11
Olly Smith’s “top tipple” in the Mail on Sunday this week was this New Zealand white. Smith described the wine as a “Stellar white wine with juicy rich texture and stacks of generous fruity fun.” He added that it is a “fantastic fruity white that belongs in your fridge this week”.
Sybille Kuntz Riesling Trocken 2008, Mosel
In The Telegraph Susy Atkins explains why she keeps Riesling in her fridge during winter, when other white wines are rested. She said it is because of Riesling’s “subtle dab of honey, a hint of medium-sweet that lets it shine with dishes of pork, sausages, roast chicken and sweet-and-sour or spicy recipes”. She recommends this wine saying it is, “exquisite, drier-than-most Mosel riesling, streaked with fresh apple, pear and citrus, drizzled with a hint of honey and lifting to a crisp, mineral finish”.
La Casa de Sitios de Bodega Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Terry Kirby in The Independent picks this Spanish wine as one to enjoy with a midweek meal. He said the wine “shows all the influences of the New World in its fresh and zingy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours, but without the mouth-puckering acid-drop tendency and with a lovely, soft, rounded finish.”
Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud, Morgon, Côte du Py, 2011
And for Sunday lunch Kirby recommends this wine, which he describes as “richly assertive with fabulously deep, dark cherry and plum flavours and a long, savoury finish, it remains freshly mineral on the palate.”
2011 Anjou Rouge L’Ardoise, Domaine des Rochelles, Loire
Matthew Jukes, writing in the Daily Mail, recommends this wine, saying that it “is a stunning red made from Cabernet Franc with a dribble of Cabernet Sauvignon in the mix for good measure. With epic blackberry juice notes and a stunning, lithe body this is a dreamy all-purpose wine
2011 Fairleigh Estate Riesling, Marlborough
In The Times, Jane MacQuitty is delighted to see this wine, recommending as one of this week’s best buys, she wrote: “I have been waiting all winter for this starry Kiwi riesling to arrive and at last Majestic has this mouthwateringly zesty, verdant, spritzy, lime-licked ’11 in stock.”
2009 Kanonkop, Paul Sauer, Stellenbosch
MacQuitty recommends this wine as a keeper, but she does say: “Personally, I would crack open this classy Cape cabernet, aged for more than two years in small French oak barriques, by 2018 so that its beautiful fruit still has a chance to shine.”
Chateau d’Angles Classique Rouge 2009
Rose Murray Brown MW, writing in The Scotsman, picked this as her wine of the week. She said: “This hails from another exciting appellation to watch: La Clape in France’s southern Languedoc. Eric Fabre (ex-Chateau Lafite in Bordeaux) makes a superb value meaty savoury winter warming syrah/grenache/mourvedre blend.”