Summer is in the air and I am starting to think about what I can enjoy just sitting outside in the sun in the afternoon or with light antipasti.
Roussanne (double S and double N) is a variety I love from the New World and generally any excuse for something from down under is all I need. I first encountered d'Arenberg back in 1999 when I selected the Footbolt Shiraz for the wine list at was then called Via Fossa at West India Quay, Canary Wharf. It was by far one of the best quality wines we had and ever since the Millennium have been a fan of what is now a widely respected producer with a plethora of excellently innovative wines with names such as The Daddy Long Legs and The Wild Pixie.
Getting back to the wine this is the opposite of what a Pinot Grigio drinker would probably like. If has real flavour and is quite simply a great Australian white wine so think less finesse and more 'Yum' although by Australian standards I would still call this quite elegant.
Lush tropical fruits under a layer of ripe peach and apricot. A touch of sweet spice and a hint of honey blossom too. Exotic and evocative!