June usually starts the “hibernation” season for those hearty, red wines.
They can now patiently await the cooler, darker evenings of September.
Light bodied reds lower in alcohol – often slightly chilled – come into their own about now.
They have less tannin, are less weighty and seem better suited to the more casual outdoor and warm-weather lifestyle of summertime.
For whites, zesty version with palate cleansing, high acidity work well especially if they are quite high in citrus flavours.
While that argues convincingly for sauvignon blanc, a relaxed atmosphere perhaps calls for something less intense than full-on Marlborough versions.
Today’s selections meet all those needs so make sure that one (or both) of them find a comfortable place by a deck chair near you.
Once again, pictures and hyperlinks are included where possible to make it easier to track down the wine in question.
First, a lime charged but measured sauvignon.
2022 La Corriente Sauvignon Blanc (currently £6.50 – instead of £7 – at Asda and 12.5%):
The previous vintage of this wine won Silver at the 2022 International Wine Challenge, and that standard seems to have been maintained this time around.
When compared to Kiwi sauvignon blanc, Chilean versions like this are often less intense, more herbaceous and, crucially perhaps, can be cheaper like-for-like.
Aromatic with a rounded texture, this example has, as its centrepiece, soft grapefruit, apple and tropical fruit flavours.
It is supercharged with good lime acidity and given depth by a touch of green pepper and the long finish that so impressed the judges in that previous vintage.
Now for a little-known (but “summer-ready”) red.
2021 Taste the Difference Marzemino (£7 – instead of £9 until 13 June – at Sainsbury’s and 12.5%):
Marzemino is a popular red wine grape in Northern Italy (this one is from Trentino) that works well in cool climates with well-drained soil.
Its floral fruitiness and good retention of acidity makes it perfect summer drinking (ideally, as I suggested earlier, lightly chilled).
Dark in colour but light in body, this example displays intense cherry, elderberry and raspberry flavours supported by sharp acidity.
Those elements are neatly complemented here by supplementary touches of caramel, cinnamon and mint.
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Join me again on Thursday when I apply my “Discounter Discoveries” approach to the wines of Morrisons.
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