There are three different styles of modern winemaking this week.
The Ashes have started and here’s the wine to watch it with – Wirra Wirra ‘12th Man’ Chardonnay 2011, Adelaide Hills (£16.99 Morrisons).
It’s a lovely example of modern Aussie Chardonnay with stone fruits, melon and some really well judged toasty oak. This is a complex wine which would work with summer chicken dishes or whole roasted fish.
Finca Constancia Parcela 52 Vedejo 2011, Castilla (£10.99, oxfordwine.co.uk) is another. You may need to track this down but it’s worth the effort. It’s 100 per cent Vedejo with a touch of oak. There are green herbs and citrus on the nose followed by a really fresh plate with a hint of richness.
It’s very modern Spanish wine to go with paella in the sun.
Undurraga ‘Terroir Hunter’ Pinot Noir 2011, Leyda Valley
Slowly Chile is beginning to find suitable sites to grow Pinot Noir, that most difficult of red grapes. From a vineyard in the cool Leyda Valley this is a good example. It’s hand picked and aged in older French oak barrels. It has sour cheery fruits, herbs and earthiness on the nose. This is an absolute star with duck.
Majestic, £15.99, or buy two for £12.79 each.