Last of the Summer Wine
Wines for the August Bank Holiday
Although it doesn't feel like the summer has started, the thought of a sunny bank holiday in August with friends and BBQs fills us with a bit of hope for an Indian summer. So, here's our guide on what to drink this bank holiday come rain or shine...
This refreshing crisp Pecorino from Abruzzo is full of flavour – characterised by a salty minerality that comes from the nearby sea only 5km away. The Apennine mountains brings a cooling influence and a beautiful freshness. As its name suggests, this wine is aged in concrete tanks and rests on its lees for seven months, giving complexity and body to this delicious drop. Stefano and his team believe in building a polyculture on their farm, they grow wheat for making pasta and a very delicious olive oil… which comes highly recommended for those of you who like a pure, delicate tasting biodynamic olive oil drizzled over everything!
Terroir: Calcareous clay. Vineyards are located in Loreto Aprutino.
If you haven't yet tried Corsican rosé, now is the time! Long have they been rivals to Provence for their showstopping rosés, just a little less well known on the commercial market. The rose petal colour gives way to a very subtle nose of citrus and red fruits. Silky and very supple in body with a light touch of hard-boiled peach and apricot penny sweets, wrapped up in finesse and elegance. The perfect apéro or the ideal match with grilled meats.
Terroir: Granitic sand with a north/north-west orientation.
This limited edition Assyrtiko is a great wine to have with BBQ food! Its full body stands up well with fatty meat or oily grilled fish. The juice stays in contact with its skins for seven days, giving way to refreshing stone fruit characteristics and unmistakable wild herbs and pine note aromas that are grown around the vines. The mouth-coating finish has lovely, sweet and savoury balsamic notes.
Terroir: Clay-limestone and sand.
A refreshing Northern Tuscan Trebbiano, which is different to Trebbiano from Abruzzo. This delicate and pure wine has aromas of mango and peach iced tea with a lift of bitterness at the end, what we might call a breakfast wine with the added benefit of 11 % abv for those of you who like a lighter style.
Terroir: Clay and old river bed stones.Shop Now
This mouth-watering blend of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir, Syrah, Nielluccio is made by a winemaker whose longstanding respect for nature has spanned over 35 years of organic farming (and more recently biodynamic and permaculture), making Domaine Milan's soils, arguably the healthiest in the region. The butterfly on the label, known in French as Papillon, indicates that no sulphites are added to the wine. "You really need 20 years of clean farming to be able to make the best wines without sulphites." Says winemaker Henri Milan.
Terroir: Limestone with blue marl.
A beautiful Tuscan wine; fun, bright and intense with a nose of strawberries, raspberry, blueberry and pepper; candied violets and juicy blood orange, garrigue and baked olives, rhubarb and sweet tobacco. Soft and integrated tannins with a fruity structure, juicy and pleasant with medium body. A wine whose label already says it all - immerse yourself in a wonderful world where wine flows like rivers and gushes from fountains that emerges from the vineyard and aims for pleasure! A perfect wine for any meal.
Terroir: The perfectly exposed vineyards (250 meters) between San Pietro a Marcigliano and Sant'Andrea in Caprile, resting on the imposing side of the Pizzorne boulder (900 meters) and a few kilometres from the Tyrrhenian coast with Alberese limestone marl soils. Organic production.