Venica & Venica Collio Sauvignon ‘Ronco del Cerò’ 2009
The Venica & Venica winery dates back to 1930, when the current owners’ grandfather, Daniele, started what has become one of Friuli Venezia Giulia’s shining lights under the direction of brothers Gianni and Giorgio. This wine is a stainless-steel fermented 100% Sauvignon Blanc from seven different vineyards, and takes its name from the hill originally purchased by Daniele. A complex Sauvignon Blanc - very enjoyable in the tail-end of summer but will drink well for some time - the subtle aromas of passion fruit and gooseberries are complemented by spice notes.
Domaine de l'Abbaye Cotes de Provence Rosé Clôs Beylesse 2010
With a wife who loves a good Rosé in hot weather, summer brought a veritable swathe of light reds my way over summer. Some may have been enjoyable at the time, but didn’t necessarily warrant a return visit, but that can not be said of the Clos Beylesse. Unusually contained in a striking blue bottle, it catches the eye, even if it doesn’t scream Rosé. Accordingly, the wine is far more subtle than many of the sweet pinks floating around, its pale-pink colouring setting the scene for a decidedly elegant and balanced palate, yet with a pleasantly floral nose.
Bassermann-Jordan Riesling QbA Trocken 2009
Based in Deidesheim, the Basserman-Jordan wine estate has been a family-run enterprise for nearly 300 years. Their 2009 dry (trocken) Riesling is a lovely pale lemon with noticeable small carbon-dioxide bubbles in the glass. Pronounced aromatics, dominated by ripe peach, with subtle floral notes. The palate starts out quite dry, but with a slight balancing sweetness on the finish. Medium-high acidity with slightly prominent alcohol leading to a more full-bodied style of dry Riesling, with flavours of green apple and peach. A good wine for the price, it offers plenty of enjoyment. Best for current drinking.