Six stylish wines for summer.
by Alan Kingsbury - Monday August 14, 2017 11:08 am
Starting with a lively white wine from regional South West France, Tesco Cotes De Gascogne Blanc 2016 (£5 Tesco) delivers a very fruity punch for its modest price tag.
Lychee and pineapple flavours lead the tropically fruity cast of flavours which are given citric pazazz on the palate with lashings of lime juice. At only five pounds it's a very economical slurp to go with a Thai green curry.
It's a rounded, reliable and easy-drinking package featuring dark cherry fruits, a bright acidity and sweet tannins from six months ageing in French oak barrels.
All this is delivered on a modest 12.5% alcohol which is something to savour when many comparable wines can be a tad overpowering.
Faustino V Rosado 2016 (Cellar Trends RRP £9) with a very vibrant golden-pink colour looks great in its decorative, frosted bottle.
It's equally vibrant to taste with brightly acidic redcurrant notes fattened by white pepper which fill the palate. These full-flavoured characteristics make it a good outdoor aperitif and friend to spiced or creamy fish dishes.
This satisfying white is testament to the thoughtful new wave of winemaking that turns away from over-oaked or over-tropical flavours and looks to clarity and harmony.
Ripe white peach aromas are adorned with lightly creamy vanilla and balanced with a taught minerality.
The premium Marques De Casa Concha range constantly impresses with its serious minded quality at an approachable price.
This bone dry Chardonnay with a clean acidity, is a great wine for chicken roasted with a fistful of whole garlic cloves.
The lean minerality and lemon citrus flavours are overlaid with rich, buttery vanilla.
Palacios Remondo Rioja Crianza La Montesa 2013 (£16.49 Ocado) is a masterly blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Mazuelo grapes.
Sophisticated, light and supple, the wine's lovely summer fruit recalls fresh strawberry and plum.
The whole is elegantly balanced with ultrafine tannins and gentle spice aromas. Not at all heavy or oaky this is a red for the finest, delicately grilled red meats. Just draw the cork and get dining.