(2018) From the super-impressive Alpha Estate in Greek Macedonia, this has the delicate Provençal colour and character, spices, small hard red berries and a touch of watermelon. Made by running off some juice from the red wine cuvée, 'Hedgehog', after two hours in the press, it has a nice salty mineral freshness. Long and nicely done.
(2018) From the traditional rosé stronghold of Tavel, very close to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this is a deeply-coloured and quite serious pink made from Grenache and Syrah that’s so unlike the in-vogue pale Provençal style, yet is quite marvellous: crammed with cherry and ripe red berries, there’s a creaminess to the flavour and texture and the little nip of tannin and focused acidity give it structure and length too. Excellent with an Italian fennel sausage casserole perhaps? On offer at time of review for £11.75.
(2018) From a single vineyard of 45-year-old Chardonnay vines in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, this is Brut but with a low dosage of 6g/l. It's a fine and refined Champagne, made in stainless steel tanks before it's second fermentation, with a pale colour and fine bead of mousse. Gently bready on the nose, with a herby tang, the palate is pristine with creamy but dry and pure cut apple and pear flavours, a zesty lemon freshness and really good length. Not showy, but very classy.
(2018) Another easy-drinking and deliciously summery sparkling wine from Martini, this time a rosé that is just off dry perhaps, but really drinks softly rather than sweetly. There's good acid to balance and a delicate rose-hip, peach and cherry flavour, pleasant and not too aggressive mousse, and balanced to provide lots of simple drinking pleasure for picnics and summer in the garden.
(2018) Shop around for this wine, as it is widely available and at time of review prices ranged from a promotional £25.00 to well over £30.00 in different stores. It's a crisp, relatively straightforward rosé, just a touch of Chardonnay blended with the two Pinots. Small red berries- redcurrant and raspberry - notes, dry onto the palate, the mousse crisp and fine, and although forward and crowd-pleasing in its straightforward way, there is a good acid core and decent length. A good buy at the promotional price.
(2018) A lovely blend of 60% Grenache with Syrah from vineyards at 300-400m altitude, planted on clay and limestone soils, this is a most delicate and dry rosé, passion fruit and watermelon aromas touching into the tropical, a saline hint in the background. In the mouth that sweep of peach and grapefruit fresh but full fruit meets more delicate rose-hip, a lovely tart acid background pushing out the finish to a fine point.
(2018) I rather liked this blend of elderflower with blackberries, rhubarb, and strawberries, with second fermentation in bottle a la Champagne.The pale colour and small bubbles are attractive, and the nose is not too sweet and not too elderflowery, the dry rhubarb and cranberry character and modest yeastiness the main players. On the palate it is dry, perhaps even a touch astringent, but that gives it a bit of sour and savoury grip against the berry fruits that are a little more obvious in the mouth. Stylish.
(2018) Made from Muscat, Glera and Brachetto, this is an off-dry fizz with only 8% alcohol, so in the same idiom as the Asti from Martini. There's an added strawberry character joining the icing sugar and lemony fruit, the pale pink colour is appealing and it slips down very easily in a summer-in-the-garden style.
(2018) From an estate in Côtes de Provence, a typically pale and restrained rosé, watermellon and redcurrant aromas, a touch of zesty lemon. In the mouth it is dry and tangy, a touch of tangerine or bitter orange against the light red fruits and fresh citrus and salt acidity. Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault is the blend.
(2018) A Côtes de Provence rosé from certified organic vineyards, this is the kosher version of this wine, a pale, peach-tinged wines made from a whole bunch of varieties: Cinsault, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carignan, Tibouren and Mourvèdre. Perfumed nose with a touch of watermelon and pomegranate, the palate is cool and precise, very dry, and whilst I'd wish for just a touch more fruitiness to offset the acidity, a very elegant wine. Stockist quoted is not necessarily for the kosher version of this wine.