The 20 best wines of summer 2021 | Wine
Romanian Dealuri Feteasca Regala
Romania 2020 (£ 4.99, Aldi)
The native Romanian grape variety feteasca regala here provides a very fragrant, easy to drink, low alcohol (11.5% abv) white with a juicy melon and peach tinged with flowers that has much more character than we expect. we expected at this price point.
Riesling Tesco Finest Mosel Steep Slopes
Mosel, Germany 2018 (£ 7, Tesco)
There is something deeply refreshing about a good Moselle Riesling – something about energy and slightly racy acidity that feels like bathing in a cold flowing stream. It’s a great summer evening aperitif, with flavors of fresh green apple and peach.
Lavradores de Feitoria Estrada Blanc
Douro, Portugal (£ 8, the cooperative)
Portugal’s Douro Valley is much better known for its harbor and rich, world-class reds, but its whites, including white port, can be just as interesting. In this case, a blend of local varieties offers a blend of juicy tropical fruitiness and slight citrus freshness.
Marks & Spencer found Moscofilero & Roditis
Greece 2020 (£ 8.50, Marks & Spencer)
Made by the Semeli winery from grapes sourced from the Peloponnese, this blend of two distinctly delicious Greek white grape varieties is an aromatic charmer, all scented with floral blossoms, grape juice and lemon roots. Very good with fish or chicken with lemony sauces.
Equipo Navazos I think Manzanilla in Rama
Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Jerez, Spain NV (£ 10.75, 37.5cl, thewhiskyexchange.com; alliancewine.com)
Equipo Navazos’ limited-edition bottlings of old casks from some of their favorite sherry bodegas are well-earned cult favorites. This sparkling, unfiltered and flavorful dry choice from La Guita has the distinctive fresh saline flavor of the manzanilla style.
Isabel Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2019
New Zealand 2019 (£ 17.95, bbr.com)
At its best, nothing can beat classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for a rejuvenating and uplifting dry white wine. Isabel Estate’s version is a classic, combining crisp passion fruit and edgy acidity with added levels of focus and vibrancy.
Rafael Palacios Louro Godello
Valdeorras, Galicia, Spain 2019 (from £ 19.50, woodwinters.com; laywheeler.com; vincognito.co.uk)
While the albariño from the Rías Baixas region has so far led the way in Galicia, there are many other lively wines from the Atlantic-cooled corner of northwest Spain. This very distinctive godello from Valdeorras, with its lemon pie flavors and fresh, racy feel, stands out.
Best for fish
The Domaine d’Henri Chablis St-Pierre
Burgundy, France 2017 (from £ 23, bbr.com; bancroftwines.com)
The kind of elegant, balanced, well-boned dry white that is perhaps most at home in a Michelin-starred white tablecloth restaurant by a river in provincial France. But with its amazing mineral acidity, it will seriously enhance any of your fish and seafood dishes.
M&S found the Vinho Verde Rosé
Portugal 2020 (£ 7, Marks & Spencer)
The “green wine” of northern Portugal is best known for its crisp, crisp whites. But there’s a lot going on in the region, with more serious whites joined by edgy reds and, in this case, a pretty delicious, thirst-quenching rosé with candied strawberries and more of that subtle spritz.
Château Minuty M de Minuty
France 2020 (from £ 11.20, robersonwine.com; majestueux.co.uk)
A quintessential Provence rosé, Chateau M de Minuty is all about the subtle sweetness to pastel tones of color and fruit. Its delicate grapefruit freshness makes it a wine that adapts to everything from garlic shrimp and nicoise salad to grilled chicken and fish.
France 2020 (£ 5, Tesco)
While the region has many other talents, Beaujolais still reigns supreme when it comes to budget summer wines, with Tesco’s version a blend of tangy cherry fruitiness, light tannin and crunchy refreshment. which is best after an hour of refrigeration.
Ideal for barbecues
Santa Julia Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina 2020 (£ 6.50, Waitrose)
The Zuccardi family is one of Argentina’s highest quality producers, producing some of the country’s best wines in the high end, but also offering the products of this supremely juicy, succulent, fresh and meaty malbec with the scents of plum and cherry. .
Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault
Stellenbosch, South Africa 2019 (from £ 10.79, boutinot.com; rannochscott.co.uk; kwoff.co.uk; woodwinters.com)
Cinsault, the long underrated grape from southern France, is enjoying a renaissance around the world, with the old bush vines of South Africa being responsible for many of the best examples. This is a typically crunchy, subtly earthy, grassy and fruity strawberry bottling.
reomaine Cordaillat Reuilly Red
Loire, France 2019 (from £ 14.99, dbmwines.co.uk, bottleapostle.com; robertsandspeight.co.uk)
Whether it is an effect of global warming, or an improved vinification, in all cases the Loire Pinot Noir is on an upward trajectory, offering, as in this delicious version of Reuilly, a fresh and light in its tumbling-of-tub sweet berries and redcurrant acidity.
Domaine Clusel Roch Traboules
Coteaux du Lyonnais, France 2019 (£ 15.95, laywheeler.com)
Domaine Clusel Roch is the master of tasty Syrah in the famous Côte-Rôtie appellation in the north of the Rhône. Here, they use the Beaujolais grape, Gamay, for a superb effect, creating a quintessential summer bistro red, while crunching with gooseberry, pepper seasoning and fresh acidity.
Celler del Roure Safra
Valencia, Spain 2019 (from £ 16.95, alliancewine.com; cheerswinemerchants.co.uk; thedrinkshop.com; thefinewinecompany.co.uk)
Made from a rare local variety, the mandó, in clay amphorae, it is a wonderfully evocative Mediterranean red, fluid and light (12.5% abv) but full of red fruits of rosemary and carved thyme, a subtle flavor and just a touch of chalky tannin to accompany tomato dishes.
Fizz & champagne
Contero Moscato d’Asti di Strevi
Piedmont, Italy 2020 (£ 14.60, lokiwine.co.uk; libertywines.co.uk)
Is there a more joyful wine in the world than Muscat d’Asti? I have yet to find something that so closely matches the feeling of waking up on a sunny summer morning that you find in wines such as this lively and charming, slightly sparkling, sweet peach-flavored cocktail, of muscat grapes and summer meadow.
Morrisons The Best English Grand Vintage Brut Sparkling Wine
England 2010 (£ 18, Morrisons)
Age doesn’t always mean beauty with sparkling wine, but it’s a great example of what a little maturing time can do. It’s surprisingly serious for a bottle of English fizz under £ 20, with layers of pastry creamy and toast that pair so well with that quintessentially English acidic zip.
Pierre Paillard The Parcels Bouzy Grand Cru XV
Champagne, France NV (from £ 35.82, justerinis.com; thewhiskyexchange.com)
Named in honor of the 22 different vineyard plots of the Grand Cru classified village of Bouzy, this is a fabulous example of the exciting movement of Champagne winegrowers. It is a wine that shines brightly with its combination of ripe yellow plums, rapier acidity and minerals.
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé
Champagne NV (from £ 55, jeroboams.co.uk; laithwaites.co.uk)
The meticulous approach of Billecart-Salmon, one of the most consistent interpreters of champagne, is especially effective when it comes to rosé, with the house’s non-vintage brut, an effortless style affair that negotiates subtle washes of wild strawberries and cream and the glide of the finest bubbles and acidity.