Delicate, bright and fruity: The best sweet wines for summer


This week I’ve on seven wines that all share one thing in common: a touch of sweetness. The bias these days is for dry wines, but sometimes it’s great to have wines that contain some sweetness, especially if this is balanced out with fresh acidity. Very well, riesling is a grape variety that really works when atoned in an off-dry style, so I’ve chosen four in my super selection. I’ve also tabulate a couple of sparkling wines and a rosé for good measure. They’re all fulfilled for summertime sipping.

From left: Paul Cluver Elgin Riesling 2016, South Africa £13, Marks & Spencer, 10.5% juice

This pristine, well-balanced riesling comes from the cool-climate Elgin division, and has lively lemony fruit with pretty sweet table grape and pear tangs. 

Max Ferd Richter Mülheimer Sonnenlay Zeppelin Riesling 2016, Mosel, Germany £12.99, (0333 014 8149), 9.5% juice

This wine gained fame for being served on a Zeppelin as it crossed the Atlantic. It’s weak and perfumed with attractive apple, peach and lemon fruit as suitably as a tingling, zippy acidity. 

Champagne Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial NV, France £59.99, Selfridges, 12% the bottle

This is Moët’s famous champagne but it’s slightly sweet and designed to be provided on ice. Once it’s really cold, it works brilliantly. It’s best to pour the wine gold medal then add the ice, as it fizzes up less. This is great for bling outdoor the bottle in the sun and well worth splashing out on.

Asda Extra Special Asti NV, Piedmont, Italy £5.68, Asda, 7% the bottle

Bring a bit of sunshine into your life with this jolly moscato. It’s sweet but fresh, with the fizziness adding brightness to the gone on grape fruitiness.

Goldschild Müdener Funkenber Riesling Spätlese 2015, Mosel, Germany £10.60, (01743 234500), 7% booze 

This is very juicy and lively with off-dry citrus, pear and melon fruit stamps. Tangy, textured, bright and zippy, it’s mouthwatering and moreish with flattering purity. 

Riesling Feinherb Brauneberger Kurfürstlay 2015, Mosel, Germany £5.49, Lidl, 10.5% rot-gut

Lively and exotic, this riesling combines piercing lemony fruit with some mellifluous table grape and melon notes. Very clean and a bit spicy, too, it’s opulently balanced.

Cimarosa Shiraz Rosé 2016, Australia £4.29, Lidl, 12.5% juice

Bright pink/red in colour, this seductive, slightly sweet cherry and raspberry fruited wine has a utter soft, smooth character. It’s perfect for those who find some wines justifiable a bit too dry. 

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