White wines for spring nights

Atalaya do Mar Godello 2011, Monterrei

Atalaya do Mar Godello 2011, Monterrei

Sant Yago

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Waitrose wine buyers can always be relied on to unearth some interesting wines.

This month there’s a European Wine Showcase with a selection of wines from classic regions, as well as some more obscure areas with interesting grape varieties.

Mirabeau Estate in Provence was founded by Englishman Stephen Cronk, and has an excellent reputation for its rosé. It also produces quite an interesting white, which is unusual for the region.

Mirabeau 2012, Côtes de Provence Blanc (£7.49 on offer from £9.99 until April 30) is a blend of Semillion and Rolle (or Vermentino).

It’s a perfect summer’s evening wine with herbs and citrus notes. There’s a fresh, crisp and lemon finish, so I can imagine it would go very nicely with a fish recipe.

TOP TIPPLE: Atalaya do Mar Godello 2011, Monterrei

Albarino may well be the white Spanish grape of the moment, but here is another one – Godello. From Galicia in North West Spain, it’s actually quite similar to Albarino. It has a lovely bouquet of apricot, melon, blossom and a touch of spice. The palate is well balanced with fresh acidity and good length. This really over delivers.

Waitrose, £7.19 until April 30.

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