The sun has got his hat on…

A selection of summer drinking wines from Hayley Wright:

Summer is finally here (well, on and off) and, with next week set to be sunny, I urge you to order your summer drinking wines quickly before it disappears again!

I tend to drink very seasonally and below are my personal favourites that I will be quaffing over the next few weeks.  A classic Provence rosé features of course, and what better excuse than a bit of sunshine to try some Italian or Portuguese wines?  Prices are duty paid, with free delivery for any combination of 12 bottles or more.

2012 Château Hermitage Saint Martin Côtes de Provençe Rosé  
£11.95 per bottle
‘This beautiful salmon-pink Provence rosé has a very pretty scent of crushed strawberries, peach, rose-water and orange blossom. On the palate, it is wonderfully dry and crisp with delicate summer berry fruits balanced by citrus zest acidity and a deliciously creamy finish.

A fabulously sophisticated rosé that is perfect for summer picnics or evening aperitif.’

2012 Alvarinho, Quinta do Soalheiro  
£16.75 per bottle
‘This Alvarinho comes from one of the most prized producers in the northern province of Vinho Verde. Soalheiro translates literally as ‘sun drop’ – and what could be a more perfect wine to accompany the long summer days ahead?

Beautifully concentrated citrus flavours combine with blossom and fresh white peach to create a truly remarkable and memorable wine of immense elegance.’

2012 Sancerre Chavignol, Pierre Martin  
£14.45 per bottle
‘Fragrant, with a brilliant bright lemon and lime fruit character on the nose alongside white blossom and clementine. The palate is layered and concentrated, where citrus fruit and nettle characters vie with a distinctive flinty minerality that gives backbone and structure.

Vibrant and crisp, this makes a great apéritif and is ideal with smoked salmon and other seafood dishes.’

2011 Pinot Grigio ‘Ramato’, Azienda Agricola Specogna, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia  
£14.82 per bottle

‘The soft apricot colour in the glass, this is a subtle and smoky wine, with attractive notes of orchard fruit on the nose. The palate is layered with conference pear and white blossom notes, a touch of soft spice and a mineral freshness that carries throughout this wine.

Long and fragrant on the finish, this is far from your average Pinot Grigio.A very good wine indeed.’

Published on 05/07/2013