Summer White Wines to Let the Sun Shine In
Have you ever felt a desire to sip a crisp and zesty glass of chilled Picpoul de Pinet on a stormy January night while cosying up by the fire? Yeah, me neither. And while it is true that there is a white wine out there for every season, more often than not, the lighter and high-acidity whites that refresh our palate are wonderfully suited for the summer time.
Whether you are looking for a crowd-pleaser white from a trusted and popular region, or wish to venture in a less famous but exciting style, we have selected ten of our favourite white wines for this summer. Salud!
Domaine Morin Langaran, Picpoul de Pinet
€16.50 – Available at Boutique Wines
This vibrant white varietal comes from the AOP Picpoul de Pinet in France’s Languedoc region. The Domaine has existed since 1330 and nowadays, it produces a variety of wines that capture the essence of the South of France.
Expect a pleasant balance between lemon and citrus notes, white flowers and a saline hint.
Nautilus Estate Southern Valleys Sauvignon Blanc
Intense and aromatic, this is Sauv Blanc at its New Zealandest. Coming from a pioneer, family-ran winery in the Marlborough region, it offers a modern and sophisticated take on the style.
Aromas of passionfruit and limes dominate, with a more nuanced herbaceous note in the background. Medium bodied and with a refreshing acidity.
€11.95 – Available at O’Briens Wine
While Argentina’s Mendoza region has built its fame on the shoulders of great Malbec, the area is far from a one trick pony and the fragrant, mouth-watering Torrontés variety is proof of this.
This is a white wine with aromas of peach, apple blossom and ripe limes, medium body and a smooth palate of moderate acidity.
Agustí Torelló Mata Xarel-Lo “XIC” 2019
Cava producer extraordinaire, Agustí Torello Mata, is one of Catalonia’s most prestigious sparkling wine producers, and this time, it has taken Xarel-lo, one of the grape varieties that normally blend into the fizz, and created a varietal still wine to showcase a different side of it.
This organic white is fruity and light-bodied, leaning towards the lighter side of tropical, with notes of pineapple, yellow plum and some stone fruit.
Fazi Battaglia Pecorino DOC
€18.50 – Available at Little Italy
The Italian DOC of Marche, west of Tuscany, is truly a hidden gem for wine lovers. Producer Fazi Bataglia has championed the region’s native grape varieties and become an ambassador of Marche.
This complex white stays light and refreshing but offers a variety of aromas pleasantly integrated such as citrus and green apples, dry herbs, and a mineral, almost salty note.
Pazo San Mauro Albariño 2020
€21.95 – Available at Searsons Wine Merchants
Albariño has earned a spot in Irish wine lovers’ hearts, according to the Irish Guild of Sommeliers, Ireland is the second most important market per capita for Rias Baixas exports, one of the world’s top regions for the variety, located in Galicia, Spain.
This elegant and classic Albariño is generous and rich, medium-bodied with aromas of pears, ripe limes and honeysuckle. Its firm, well-rounded acidity and long finish make it stand out.
Muros Antigos Vinho Verde
Portuguese wines are having a moment in the sun (drumroll), after being hailed as one of the wine trends to watch in 2021 by the likes of Bloomberg and Decanter. But within countless varieties and styles, the humble Vinho Verde has already stood the test of time.
This blend of Loureiro, Avesso and Alvarinho, is delicate and fresh, with high acidity and a mouth-watering combination of grapefruit, limes and green apple aromas.
Segredos de Sao Miguel White
The region of Alentejo is one of the DOCs that has spearheaded the Portuguese vine renaissance in recent years. This wine is produced by Segredos Sao Miguel, one of the biggest in the region, with the expertise of multi award-winning winemaker Luis Duarte.
It is a medium-bodied blend of Antão Vaz, Arinto, Encruzado and Rabo de Ovelha, with aromas of yellow tropical fruits, green apples, peaches, and a floral touch.
Celler Del Roure Cullerot 2019
Valencian certified organic producer Celler del Roure celebrates indigenous varieties and focuses on a modern approach to ancestral methods and low intervention techniques. Cullerot is a blend of Pedro Ximenez (of Sherry fame), Macabeo, Verdil, Merseguera, Malvasía and Chardonnay, fermented with indigenous yeast and matured in clay amphorae.
It’s rich and very fresh, highlighting the pure character of the grapes and offering a lively array of fruity notes such as melon, oranges and citrus, plus a gentle creamy texture.
Lyrarakis ‘Voila’ Assyrtiko
This multi award-winning, vegan friendly white comes from a small, family-run winery in the Greek region of East Crete. The variety, Assyrtiko, has become the country’s flagship and this is a lovely example of why.
You’ll find a dry, lean wine of high acidity and a delightful combination of zesty limes and white flowers alongside a sharp, mineral note that ties it all together and gives it tension and structure.
WRITTEN BY GABY GUEDEZ