Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa 2011 (£7.99, The Co-Operative) These recommendations are written in the hope that we might have a stretch of sun that lasts more than a few hours in the next couple of months – a trio of summer whites. The first is a well-made sauvignon blanc from talented winemaker Duncan Savage of the tip-top Cape Point Vineyards. Luminously bright and zesty with grapefruit, it outscores most Kiwi versions at this price.
Adega de Monção Vinho Verde, Portugal 2011 (£8.95, Robersons) At a fun recent event in London, fellow wine writer Julia Harding showed off her choice of 50 great wines from one of my favourite wine-producing countries, Portugal. I've picked this one for its pure summer-garden vibrancy, drinkability and value. It has Vinho Verde's tickle of mineral spritz, light alcohol and lemon-and-lime acidity, but it's topped off with orchard flavours, both fruit and blossom.
Domaine Dirler-Cadé Muscat Grand Cru Saering, Alsace France 2008 (£17.20, vinetrail.co.uk; thewinesociety.com has the 2007 at £14.95) Domaine Dirler-Cadé fits with the bucolic ideal of European wine production: it's a small family concern that works the land biodynamically, creating wines with a real sense of place. The muscat grape here becomes a thrillingly complex white with notes of tarragon and lemon and a seam of taut, mineral acidity that is lovely now but will age for a decade or more.
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