The Summer we never thought would come is here! Suddenly we can live like our friends from warmer climes. Perhaps an evening trip to the beach for a swim after work, certainly a BBQ at the weekend and definitely a cheeky glass of wine in the garden. Morrish & I like to do all three and here are some of our favourite wines for this wonderful weather!
Cava Reserva 2015, Bodegas Sumorroca, Penedes, Spain – £12.99
This is truly one of our favourite wines! Hailing from Penedes in Northern Spain, Cava is the best value of all the traditional method sparkling wines. This Reserva Cava is a classic blend of Parallada, Xarel Lo and Macabeo from a family run bodegas in the spiritual home of Cava in San Sadurni d’Anioa. Ripe, citrus fruit on the nose followed by a creamy, yeasty palate of sherbert lemon fruit. And at a price to enjoy as a midweek treat!
The Crossings Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Awatere, Marlborough, New
Zealand – £12.99
Marlborough Sauvignon has become a widely enjoyed style of white wine. There are many examples of this single varietal wine from the North Coast of the South Island of New Zealand but few rival The Crossings for pure enjoyment. This wonderful, keen and lean Sauvignon Blanc is produced from fruit grown in the southern valley of Awatere in Marlborough. This marginal valley has a great diurnal temperature variation giving layers of wonderful vibrant citrus fruit flavours. Perfect as an aperitif or with a local soft goats’ cheese salad.
Cuvee Quatre Saison Rose 2017, Domaine de Mont d’Hortes, Languedoc, France – £9.99
Rose used to be the reserve of summer time but now, with improved wine making, there are many examples to enjoy all year round. Morrish & I particularly enjoy classic French Rose and now the Cuvee Quatre Saisons is a firm favourite. We have bought the wines of Domaine de Mont d’Hortes for many years but never the Rose until this year. In 2017 it is superb with a wonderful gentle colour, a nose of summer berry fruits and a fresh, crisp palate to follow.
Reserva Carmenere 2015, Bodegas Ochagavia, Rapel Valley, Chile – £8.99
When the BBQ comes into play, I like ripe, generous wines with plenty of fruit and a supple texture. All these things can be found in this wine. Bodegas Ochagavia are located in the Rapel Valley, a sub region of Chile’s famous Central Valley. Carmenere is the great variety of Chile and Bodegas Ochagavia produce a terrific example full of delicious bramble and dark chocolate fruit. At this price you can afford to invite an extra guest or two to enjoy a glass with you!