Wines to accompany your August Antics whether barbecues, picnics, family gatherings, Sunday socials, we have wines for this fun-filled month. A white to pair with seafood fare, a Sicilian rosé to celebrate summer, the tastiest Cabernet Franc in town and a sweet to top the juiciest summer berries. Find out more below…
Orballo Albariño 2016 £12.00
Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain
Orballo has a fresh stone fruit and honey fragrance. A long palate which is rich, textured and dry. The aromas come through in flavour with an added luscious touch of ripe melon and fresh citrus.
The tiny Albariño berries are grown on high Pergola trellises ensuring maximum ventilation and the best chance against the Galician moisture. After fermentation, ageing on the lees lends texture to this white.
Coming from a land where seafood is plentiful, you can pair this with Spanish specialities like anchovies or calamari or simply opt for trad fish and chips!
Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Blanc 2015 £12
Rhône Valley, France
A vibrant and structured blend. White blossom and peachy aromatics give way to a soft-textured, juicy white with a surprisingly fresh palate.
Named after the bees ‘Les Abeilles’ and the crucial role they play in the pollination of the vineyard and a reflection of Jean-Luc’s commitment to respecting the vineyard environment.
This white won’t shy away from flavour, lemon and thyme chicken with a well-dressed salad.
Cantine Paolini Rosato 2016 £10.50
A sumptuous deep pink rosé. If you are a fan of the paler shades of rosé don’t let this put you off… The nose is delicate and raspberry tinged, the palate is dry, ripe, soft and incredibly easy.
The dynamic cooperative Cantine Paolini are masters of the indigenous Nero d’Avola, the most important red wine grape on the island. Bold and fruit-driven it blends harmoniously with soft, juicy Merlot. After a short maceration (juice and skin contact), the juice takes up the deep fruit colour.
Aperitif or Antipasti!
Emiliana Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2015 £7.00 (Organic)
Casablanca Valley, Chile
A delicate summer-weight sweet. Enticing honeysuckle perfume and a ripe peach and apricot palate is balanced by orange zest and refreshing acidity.
Roaming Alpacas, dung heaps and biodynamic treatments can be found in the vineyards of Emiliana, renowned for its important organic and biodynamic wine production.
Novas Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2016 £11.00 (Organic)
Casablanca Valley, Chile
Bright cherry and raspberry flavours with a hint of savoury and herbal notes. This organic Pinot Noir is soft with fresh, vibrant acidity, it subtly grips the palate and has a long and elegant finish.
The cooler climate of the Casablanca Valley is the perfect home for heat-sensitive varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes take time to ripen and develop rich flavours whilst retaining aromatics.
‘Logis de la Bouchardière’ Chinon 2015 £12.50
Our Loire discoveries continue… This is a deliciously succulent mid-weight red that has seen just a little old-oak ageing. Fragrant, fruity and herbaceous combine with supple tannins and a lasting finish. A stylish, great value and very tasty Chinon indeed!
Bruno Sourdais is at the helm of The Logis de la Bourchardière, a domaine dating back to 1850 with its oldest vines being over 100 years old. The fruit for this Chinon come from grapes from some of the younger vines, approx 30 years old.
It just has to be Charcuterie.