Word is we are in for a sunny treat as temperatures are expected to keep going up. With a bit of luck we might reach 24°C and surpass places like Tenerife and Mykonos for a glorious day of sunshine tomorrow, 24th of May. So, what else is there to do but throw in a mid-week BBQ or gather with friends to enjoy the pleasure of al fresco sipping? Here are three summer wines that are ideal to accompany the warm weather…
Deakin Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Victoria, Australia – 12.5% ABV
€10.99 – Available at Higgin’s of Clonskeagh; Martin’s of Fairview; McHugh’s; Corks of Terenure, Dublin; Mitchell & Son; Redmonds of Ranelagh; Ardkeen Stores, Waterford; Bradley’s of Cork
This crisp and ultra-refreshing Sauv Blanc comes from a family-owned winery that sources fruit only from its own estate, giving them full control over quality.
Herbal and citrus zest aromas combine, with zingy acidity and flavours of honeydew melon, pineapple, lime and cool herbs.
Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes du Rhone
Cotes du Rhone, France – 13.5% ABV
€15.99 – Available at O’Brien’s Wine, Martin’s, Molloy’s
This blend of mainly Grenache and some Syrah has the balance between acidity and tannins that distinguish refreshing red wines. Summery aromas of ripe red morello cherries with white pepper and a touch of anise combine in a juicy and spicy character.
Produced by one of the most pioneering yet traditional, outspoken yet deferential winemakers in France, Michel Chapoutier, is a generous red that you will enjoy slightly chilled. Great along a cheese and charcuterie board or with BBQ.
Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon
Penedés, Spain – 14% ABV
€18.99 – Available at O’Brien’s Wine, Martin’s, Molloy’s, WineOnline.ie
Innovative producer Torres offers a robust Cabernet Sauvignon with a dash of Spanish specialty Tempranillo. This is a rounded, intense and simply tantastic BBQ red.
Ripe black cherries and blackcurrants, toasted cocoa nibs and espresso greet you, and then introduce you to vanilla, leather and licorice.
This is one for grilled meats, ribs and rich dishes, a bold wine that will stand out to the flavours but that is balanced and pleasant on its own.