Wines for summer time 2019

by Lionel Casey

Animus Vinho Verde Portugal 2018 (£four.79, Aldi)
A sprightly, citrusy dry white with simply sufficient fruit. Relatively low in alcohol, so simply right for summertime lunchtime drinking, preferably in the solar and with a plate of fish or seafood.

Tesco Finest SR Australia 2017 (£nine, Tesco)


The pair of wines – see also the pink GSM 2016 (£9) – made for Tesco by using South Australian producer d’Arenberg are always among the high-quality buys within the store’s variety. This sauvignon-riesling combo is an aromatic, lime-juicy pleasure.

Taste the Difference Jurançon Sec France 2018 (£9, Sainsbury’s)
In the foothills of the Pyrenees, Jurançon is domestic to 2 of France’s best but least famous white grapes, petit and gross manseng, which dovetail right here for an electric powered mix of tangy grapefruit and juicy exotic fruit.

Marks & Spencer Petit Chablis France 2017 (£11, Marks & Spencer)
In the arms of La Chablisienne, one in all France’s better-run co-operatives, chardonnay from petit chablis can offer a lot of the appeal of Chablis proper at extra humble fees, right here with a silvery-flash of acidity and Cox’s apple.

Lorax Cora Penedès, Spain 2018 (£thirteen.50, lescaves.Co.United Kingdom)
Best regarded for the position it plays in cava, Catalan grape xarel-lo additionally makes tremendously man or woman dry white wines, with this breezy natural example presenting crisp fresh pear and lemon and a salty streak that would suit shellfish.

Thymiopoulos Atma White Naoussa, Greece 2018 (from £12.Ninety nine, store.Vinoteca.Co.Uk; borderswines.Co.United Kingdom)
Greek whites are among the maximum evocatively summery round, and this charming combo of the juice (however no longer skins) of crimson grape Xinomavro and aromatic malagousia is alive with honeysuckle, blossom and white peachiness.

Star Buy: Domaine Cady Cheninsolite Anjou, Loire, France 2017 (£thirteen.Ninety nine, Waitrose)
Rich and full but perfectly balanced with pinpoint readability, this barrel-fermented a hundred% Chenin blanc mix fresh and baked apple with honey and luminous acidity. Fresh sufficient for meaty fish; sturdy enough for roast red meat or hen.

Bodegas Hidalgo Manzanilla En Rama Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Jerez, Spain NV (from £16.99, Waitrose; leaandsandeman.Co.Uk; uncorked.Co.United Kingdom)
The en drama style is dry sherry at its most up to date, launched each year unfiltered and straight from the barrel. Hidalgo’s is constantly one of the first-class, with yeasty, nutty, sourdough notes it’s complete-flavored however salty like sea-spray.

Hofstätter Villa Barthenau Vigna S Michele Pinot Bianco Alto-Adige, Italy 2016 (£22.50, thewinesociety.Com)
A as a substitute ho-hum range, Pinot Bianco (aka pinot blanc) is made right into a wine of natural delight here, with silkiness balanced with the aid of mountain-move freshness, and white fruit lifted by blossom, spice and aromatic herbs.

David Franz Long Gully Road Ancient Vine Semillon Barossa Valley, Australia 2017 (from £25, save.Vinoteca.Co.United kingdom; thegoodwineshop.Co.United Kingdom)
Made from 129-12 months-old Semillon vines, this modern classic from growing famous person winemaker David Franz is a splendid mix of drowsy summer day hay-and-grassiness, lime cordial tanginess, silky richness and lightness of alcohol.

Recchia Bardolino Veneto, Italy 2018 (£7.Ninety nine, decreased to £five.99 till 9 July, Waitrose)
Made from the same grape sorts as Valpolicella, this refreshingly unoaked, light (12.5%) red north Italian good buy is fine served a touch chilled and is all approximately the uninhibited purple cherry fruit, clean acidity, and mild tannins.

Star buy: Co-op Irresistible Australian Shiraz Mount Benson, Australia 2018 (£7.25, The Co-op)
When so much sub-£10 Aussie shiraz is sickly and jammy, that is an actual locate: a wine with something of France’s northern Rhône approximately its savory suppleness, with clean blackberry, black olive and a generous shake of the pepper pot.

Vale D Maria Rufo Douro, Portugal 2016 (from £8.50, thewinesociety.Com; tanners-wines.Co.Uk)
Cristiano van Zeller makes some of the Douro Valley’s greatest reds at Quinta do Vale D Maria. This is his model of a Burgundy village wine, lighter and more fruit-driven, however often expressive with recommendations of violets, herbs, and dark plums.

 

 

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