These fruity wines will help you—

Autumn is almost upon us, but with focused fruity flavours, these wines deliver the perfect riposte to the dreaded September drizzle. It’s never too late to drink rosé. I reckon one of my favourite finds this year has been Coolhurst from West Sussex.

Its Lady Elizabeth 2015 is a future classic and all you ever really want from fine fizz – cascading delicate bubbles and romping refreshment. Even at £42 a bottle, it delivers the goods (find it at coolhurstvineyards.com).

For whites, Sauvignon Blanc still pleases the crowd and I’ve bagged a bargain from off the beaten track in Greece, though Chenin Blanc is richer and arguably more autumnal. As for reds, fill my glass with generously flavoured grapes such as Malbec and Shiraz and bring on the damp weather – let’s insulate ourselves in deliciousness.

LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE: Vinus by Paul Mas Malbec 2017 (13.5%) £8.25 Morrisons (on offer at £6.50 until Tuesday). Juicy as a mulberry dunked a damson jelly.

AUTUMN WATCH: Cune Rioja Rosado 2018 (12.5%) £8.50 Co-op. Moreish rose to bridge the last sips of summer.

THE FALL: Irida Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (12.5%) £8.99* Majestic. Lively and lovely Greek gem, stellar with seafood. *Mix Six price

SHINE ON HARVEST MOON: Reyneke Chenin Blanc 2018 (13.5%) £8.99 Waitrose (on offer until October 8). Rich, outstanding white with powerful purity.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Valley Way Barossa Shiraz 2018 (14.5%) £6.99 Aldi. Opulent and weighty as the Crown Jewels dipped in jam.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 22nd September 2019

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