Whilst we don’t want to jinx it for everyone, it seems we are being blessed with a summer this year. With a couple of heatwaves already under our belts in the UK and the promise of more great weather ahead, we can actually prepare ourselves for the great conditions.
Whether a break to the coast or a summer barbecue or dinner party is your go to choice when the summer months arrive, one big consideration will of course be your tipple of choice. Although we tend to cover fine red wines here at Octavian Vaults more often than not, no summer is complete without at least some great whites, the best of which complement a fine summer’s day almost perfectly.
Our team has been busy searching out the best summer white wines for you to sample, so you can rest assured you are drinking the best wherever you find yourself. Summer wine drinking is great as one can enjoy some crisp and refreshing whites during the warmer days and if you so choose, finish the evening with a red wine to accompany your dinner or perhaps when out and about with your friends and family.
However, today we are profiling summer 2018’s best white wines and just why you should be ensuring you have these in your wine chiller sooner rather than later.
When discussing a summer white wine, the conversation invariably turns to Chablis. This one is produced in different soils to its more reputable counterparts but has ended up being a sterling white wine. A petit Chablis and with strong links to Chardonnay, we think this outperforms many whites that have a stronger label and would go with all manner of summer cuisine.
With zesty lemon finish and an abundance of minerals all the way through, we enjoyed this with some calamari and mussels but we challenge you to find a summer party this white wine wouldn’t complement perfectly. You can find this wine at Borough Wines and other reputable wine merchants.
Chardonnay has recovered somewhat from the tarnished reputation it suffered in the noughties, thankfully. Mass production in some areas led the wine to be viewed a little bit like Pinot Grigios are today but the finer producers are still creating some of the standout white wines.
Summer lends itself superbly to a Chardonnay such as the Ramey and the Russian River Valley is of such a standard that even Robert Parker Jr himself has seen fit to comment.
"The 2013 Chardonnay Russian River is a relatively large cuvée of between 12,000 and 15,000 cases. It offers up loads of baking spices, orange marmalade, white peach and honeysuckle. It is medium to full-bodied, pure, and at the same time, combines power and elegance. This should be drunk in its first several years of life." said wine’s great aficionado, leaving no doubt as to this wines class and quality.
Finally, we tried but we just couldn’t do it. No guide to the best white wines, whatever the season, would be complete without a standout Sauvignon Blanc; and in particular one from New Zealand. No one does crisp, elegant white wine like the kiwis and this is one of the finest of recent years.
Sourced from the Wairau Valley is described by many in the industry as pure and elegant but with delicate aromas. Elderflower, nettle, chamomile and citrus all come through in this beauty making it truly versatile and a perfect foil for any summery food dishes.
Its quality means that this can also be served as session wine at any dinner party and your guests will surely appreciate the mid-palate approach of this wineries 2017 offering. You can find out more about this great wine here.
These are the Octavian picks for the best summer white wines for 2018 but you should of course find the one that suits your palate the best. We have recommended you a fine selection with a top Chablis, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay for your perusal but part of the fun is trying and testing your own until you find the perfect wine for your needs.
We hope this helps set you off in the right direction. Don’t forget that we have guides to all manner of fine wine related topics here at the Octavian Vaults blog and also offer the finest wine cellarage solutions in the UK. So be sure to take a good look around our site and come back soon to learn more about the most popular topics in the wine industry.