The Panel’s Top 6 Wine Styles To Drink This Summer
With the summer sizzle not far off, now is the perfect time to discover the Tasting Panel’s top 6 wine styles to keep you refreshed, radiant and ready to enjoy everyone’s favourite season!
Summer in Australia is the season for celebrations! The festive period, the end of the year, the ringing in of the New Year, staff parties, street parties and perhaps a birthday or two – the reasons for celebrating are endless. Sparkling wines are synonymous with celebration and letting your hair down.
The fact that Sparkling wines can be made in so many different styles and from a multitude of varieties means it can suit so many different occasions.
Rosé is one of the most on-trend wine styles across the globe at the moment. The success comes down to a rethink on what the best style of Rosé should be – dry, fresh and savoury is now (and rightly so) the preferred style. There’s no better colour of wine to enjoy in the sunshine and it makes sense that so many people are pouring pink.
Summer is hot, and if you read the news, it’s only going to get hotter. Refreshment is much sought after by all of us during the summer months and there is no white more than Riesling. Its noted high acid backbone is the key to its refreshing nature and it’s also a fabulous match to the lighter styles of food we crave in the warm weather.
Vermentino hails from the coast and islands of the Mediterranean. Freshness and energy are in its DNA. It pairs naturally well with fish and seafood along with lighter styles of cuisine. It is almost by design that this white variety should accompany all types of summer activities – whether it’s picnics, long lunches or twilight drinks.
Grenache is revered for its silken and smooth texture. In the warmer months we may look for lighter styles of reds that don’t sacrifice flavour and Grenache should become a go to! It offers black and red fruit flavours and lots of spice. The fact that it perfectly suits barbeque fare is an instant plus. When it’s really hot outside Grenache won’t mind a quick chill in the ice bucket or fridge, either.
It may not be as well-known as Cabernet Sauvignon, but this style is worth checking – there are a lot of exciting and very ‘drinkable’ wines being made with Cab Franc at the moment. It delivers all the black and red fruits that Cab Sav offers, but does so in a lighter bodied frame which is the key to offering summer refreshment. It can be chilled lightly too, which is a great bonus!
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