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Summer… what’s not to love?

Long days, warm nights, obligatory work Christmas parties (with the right booze, of course!); it’s the season with everything.

It’s also the season where whites come into their own. With everyone doing their version of the ‘Summer of Riesling’ or ‘Summer of Semillon’ or ‘Summer of Chenin Blanc’ (ok, maybe not), we thought we’d showcase some of the wines that are making waves this summer.

2019 Sholto Riesling

No self-respecting list of summer sippers wouldn’t start with a Riesling, and this is a cracker.

This is classic Canberra District – fruit from Murrumbateman, expertly crafted by 2021 Young Gun Of Wine Finalist Jake Carter, with all the hallmark characters you’d expect – lovely citrus backbone, lifted white florals and racy acidity that keeps the mouth watering. A couple of years in the bottle has done this wine no harm at all.

2019 Stomp! Limited Edition Fiano

Wait, a Fiano from the Hunter Valley? Yup, and this one is pretty darn good.

Fiano is a relative newcomer to the Hunter viticultural scene, but over the last decade plantings have increased substantially as the climate of the Hunter continues to showcase a particular style of Fiano. Citrus into stone fruit characters form the basis, with a backbone of acidity to keep things fresh. Expect to see more Fiano from the Hunter in the coming vintages.

2020 Vino Intrepido ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ Pinot Grigio

Another 2021 Young Gun of Wine Finalist and another stonkingly good wine.

James Scaresbrook likes Italian wine. A lot. In fact, he likes a lot of things Italian. So much so that his Vino Intrepido project is solely focused on Italian varieties, grown in some of the best sites in Victoria. Like this Pinot Grigio from Mornington Peninsula. James claims it ‘packs more punch’ than the Pinot Grigios you might be used to, and we think that’s pretty accurate. Expect lemon and nashi pear fruit characters, a bit of texture from the 50% Hungarian oak portion, and balanced acidity. Great summer booze from a rising star of the alternative variety scene.

2021 Clonakilla Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

One of the best SBS blends in the country from arguably the shining star of the Canberra District.

Clonakilla’s name is very well known for any serious oenophile, with their reds being some of the most collected in the country; but their whites are equally as good, in our opinion. This is a fantastic blend of Savvy B and Semillon grown all around the Canberra District and expertly blended into a wine that screams summer and al fresco dining. Waves of tropical and citrus fruit dance along the palate, crunchy acidity and the finish – oh, the finish – long, lingering and just moreish. Sublime.

2019 Saumaize-Michelin Macon-Villages

You didn’t think we wouldn’t include something from Burgundy in this list, did you?

From one of the better value parts of this classic French region comes this delightful Chardonnay. Think white peach, nectarine, some cream and vanilla, from lees work and barrel use respectively, all wound up with moderate acidity and a great finish. Something for more elegant dining, perhaps as the feature white on the Christmas table. Or, maybe, just on its own once everyone has left.

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Phil Jones DipWSET

A passion for wine underpinned by a degree in winemaking and viticulture as well as the highest certification offered by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust - the Diploma in Wines, Phil Jones DipWSET provides a no-nonsense, no-BS, look at wine.

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