Summer Wine Delights For 2014

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Low and regular strength wines means there’s something for everyone, so see out the last hazy days of summer with a crisp white, soft red or fizz, courtesy of Laithwaite’s, Morissons, Virgin Wines and Aldi.

From Virgin Wines
Araldica Brachetto D’Acqui 2011 5.0% abv.

A lightly sparkling red from the Brachetto grape, believed native to the Piedmont region of Italy. The high fruit and sweetness is reminiscent of Lambrusco or Asti. RRP £10.99

Araldica Moscata D’Asti 2011, Italy 5% abv
Hand harvesting preserves the delicate and fresh flavours of this Moscato grape that grows on hills up to 400m above sea level. The syrupy sweetness is balanced by crisp acidity before giving way to a long finish with apricots and honey overtones. RRP £9.99

Tungsten Methode Cap Classique Brut 2011, South Africa 12.5% abv
This limited edition sparkling wine is hand-crafted from Verdelho grapes using the Méthode Traditionelle from 3-times Champion SA winemaker Nico Vermeulen. We enjoyed the lush fruit and voluptuous yeastiness thanks to the two fermentations and 2-years plus lees ageing. RRP £9.99

From Laithwaite’s
Sebes Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013, 13% abv

Centuries of winemaking from the high altitude vines of Transylvania, Romania have produced this treat by conscious winemaker Lorena Deaconu. The hints of mango and grapefruit are perfect for sipping solo or pairing with salads, seafood or kebabs. RRP £7.99

Porrais Reserva 2012, Portugal, 13% abv
This white pairs well with fish dishes and is the result of fruity Rabigato and aromatic Códega do Larinho grapes grown on high altitude vines at Quinta de Porrais, where the chilly climate results in fresh, intense and minerally complex wines. From winemaker Francisco Olazabal, a direct descendant of the 19th century port estate owner Douro Dona Antonia Ferreira. RRP £11.99

Hacienda de Lluna Moscatel Rosado 2013, Valencia, 5% abv
The delicious and versatile Muscat grape has produced this rose bursting with ripe red summer bouquet. It is semi sparkling and medium sweet so should have wide palate appeal. Great alone or with deserts and cake. RRP £4.99

SUMMER DRINKING 6From Morrisons supermarket
Pongrácz Brut, South African abv, 12% abv

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes produce this classy and delicious dry sparkler with fresh citrus flavours. Complexity is added by a yeasty nose that lends gorgeous brioche tones overlain by toast. An excellent substitute to Champagne. RRP £13.99

From Aldi supemarket
Cambalala South Africa Chenin Blanc Reserve 2013, abv 12.5%

A fruity white with strong green apple notes combined with zesty lime and melon. Goes well with fish and white meats. From the Western Cape. RRP 3.99

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