We might have already waved goodbye to the long summer nights flavoured by a bottle of rosé, but with the advent of autumn, it’s never been a better time to try something new.
As new research reveals that nearly three quarters of UK adults said they had spent more money on fine wine since the beginning of March 2020 – aka, the beginning of the first Covid lockdown – having a glass of something special has become a treat for many of us.
And who better to ask about new wine trends than Sarah Wright, head sommelier at Soho’s The Mulwray, which specialises in fine and natural wines from all over the world, from both traditional regions and unexpected places (think Greece, Hungary and even Tenerife).
Here, she identifies three lip-smacking trends to bear in mind when you’re shopping for your next bottle – and that will make this coming season one to really savour…
The new wine trends we should all be trying right now
Try… Greek wine
The cooler weather means you might enjoy a bit more body and depth in your white wines – which you can find in grapes like Assyrtiko, a white Greek grape. It’s excellent for a hit of fresh acidity and almondy-hazelnutty goodness, with a bit of a waxy, oily texture to help warm the palate. Try the 100% Assyrtiko Nimbus Ritinitis from Kamara Winery, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Try… deeply-coloured rose
Pale rose is all well and good for warm summer picnics, but a bit more skin contact – when the grape juice stays in contact with the grape skins before and during fermentation – extracts more colour, textures, aromas and flavours. It’s a welcome change as we head indoors. Wines like the Nibiru Rose of Blauer Portugieser from Kamptal, Austria, have a hint of spice and a concentrated tartness that encourage easy sipping.
Try…. Wines that mix red and white grapes
Otherwise known as ‘co-fermentations’, wines that have mixed red and white grapes before fermenting lead to bright cherry and citrus flavours – tasting like a less-syrupy-sweet Sangria. Try the Folias de Baco Uivo Renegado, a co-ferment of about 25 different indigenous red and white grapes from the Douro, in Portugal. It’s a perfect wine to transition from summer into autumn.
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