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Ultimate summer wines

Summer is here and that can only mean WINE O'CLOCK! We spoke to a top wine expert and got his top 7 picks for a fab summer tipple.

With our fingers firmly crossed for glorious sunshine this Summer, there’s nothing quite like sitting out in the garden with a decent glass of wine in hand.

But, we don’t want just any old wine… no, no, no! To make sure the plonk in your glass is the best of the best, we spoke to Leon Reilly, the Warehouse Shop Manager at Berry Bros. & Rudd in Basingstoke for his ultimate Summer wines that won’t cost the earth.

THE REDS

2016 Deltablock, Zinfandel, California, USA

Deltablock, Zinfandel, California 2017The fruit for this Californian Zinfandel has been sourced from some of Lodi’s finest vineyard parcels. Bursting with luscious red berry fruit and spice, the wine’s fuller-bodied mouth-feel is combined with refreshing acidity and rich tannins. Try it with red meat and summer barbecues. Delicious. £11.95, down 20% to £9.55

2017 Chiroubles, La Scandaleuse, Domaine Bernard Métrat, Beaujolais

Chiroubles, La Scandaleuse, Domaine Bernard Métrat NVThis is proper Beaujolais – offering all the pretty, juicy fruit that Gamay can offer, but with the fine-boned structure that comes from a good vineyard. Notes of ripe red and blue fruit fill the nose, while the palate is bright-fruited, with plenty of refreshing acidity. £15.75, down 25% to £11.81

THE WHITES

2017 Chablis, Domaine Sébastien Dampt, Burgundy

Chablis, Domaine Sebastien Dampt 2017There isn’t a hair out of place on this classic, steely Chablis from a producer who has fast become a favourite here at Berry Bros. & Rudd. With levels of concentration and precision worthy of a Premier Cru, it demonstrates the class of the much-lauded 2017 vintage. £19.50, down 30% to £13.65

THE ROSÉ

2018 Domaine de Triennes, Rosé, Méditerrané

Triennes-RoseSummer fruit mingles with white flowers and hints of vanilla on the nose. It has the harmony and elegance that has earned Provence a worldwide reputation for its rosé. Try this at a picnic or for an apéritif in the garden. £13.95, down 20% to £11.16

2017 Sancerre Rosé, Les Epsailles, Domaine David Sautereau, Loire

SancerreSancerre doesn’t just produce bright and zesty whites from Sauvignon Blanc; it’s also home to rosés and reds from Pinot Noir. This rosé from top producer David Sautereau is a treat. Delicate floral and red-berry aromas combine with dainty tannins and juicy acidity. This is perfect with salmon – poached, grilled or barbecued. £17.95, down 20% to £14.36

2018 Nebbiolo, Rosato, Antonio Vallana & Figlio, Piedmont, Italy

Nebbiolo VallanaNebbiolo is the elegant grape behind the great reds of Barolo and Barbaresco, but here the Vallana family have used it to craft a delicate rosé. Aromas of rose and red berries lead to a plump palate with cherry and redcurrant fruit. This is very smart rosé – and lip-smacking too. £18.50, down 20% to £14.80

THE FIZZ

Rosé Brut, Cuvée Edoardo, Trevisiol L. & Figli, Veneto, Italy

Trevisiol-L-e-Figli_Rose-Brut-Cuvee-Edoardo_01This rosé fizz is made in the same way as Prosecco, and in the same region – but can’t use the name as it blends Prosecco’s grape – Glera – with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (two of the Champagne varieties). The result is bright, fresh and pretty – a superb apéritif for a summer’s day. £13.25, down 20% to £10.60

Berry Bros. & Rudd Warehouse Shop, Hamilton Cl, Basingstoke RG21 6YB. Tel: 01256 247933.

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