By Lynne Coyle MW | O'Briens Wine Director
If you are taking your socialising outside into nature this summer, here are few enticing picnic appropriate wines to motivate you to pack your hamper and get out there.
Our buying team have been working away to find some perfect summer wines for our shops. Some have already landed, and some are on the water, and your local O'Briens shop team will be happy to point out our new wines and new promotions over the next few weeks. As we look forward to summer weather, embrace the fresh air and enjoy the summer vibes.
Named after the rare strong river stone of the Marlborough region in New Zealand, this is an exuberant, new to our range, Sauvignon Blanc from the family run Insight Winery in Marlborough. It is made by ex-Cloudy Bay winemaker Evelyn Fraser. This wine showcases vibrant, pungent, herbaceous aromas coupled with a palate of zesty fruit with an exotic twist.
This is a modern style of rosé from the Lynch-Bages, family owned Languedoc estate. Using just a touch of skin contact, this wine is fresh, dry and crisp. Aromatic and refreshing, it is packed with the flavours of southern France: strawberry-scented, crunchy red fruits, rose petals and subtle Mediterranean herbs. One of our most popular rosé wines and perfect for a summer picnic.
Guerrieri Rizzardi is the result of the union between two venerable winemaking families that date back to the 17th century. This single-estate Pinot Grigio expresses the result of generations of winemaking knowledge. This is a single estate, benchmark Pinot Grigio is crisp, dry and bursting with ripe pear and peachy fruit before a touch of honey and spice on the long fresh summery finish.
From leading Portuguese winemaker João Portugal Ramos this is a blend of two local Alentejo grape varieties, Trincadeira, and Aragonez with a dash of Syrah. This is a modern wine with a soft, luscious and moreish palate full of ripe plum and dark berry fruits with enough refreshing acidity to keep it light enough for summer drinking, serve slightly chilled to lift the plummy fruit.