Olly’s light and floral reds
Red wines may not be quite as scented as face-planting in a jasmine bush, but pick the right grape and you’ll find fragrance as gentle and heady as roses wreathed in lavender. Gamay and Pinot Noir are decent options, or try Grenache for more welly. Open these bottles young for full flowery power. Lighter reds are delicious served chilled as the weather warms up and with nibbles from salami to tuna steaks.
OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH
BEAUJOLAIS LES PIERRES DORÉES CUVÉE LOUIS DÉPAGNEUX 2020 (12.5%), £8.50, The Wine Society. Best-value Beauj, scented as strawberries and rose petals.
BONTERRA 2018 YOUNG RED (13.5%), £17.95, greatwine.co.uk. Organic Grenache from the US: satin redcurrants and a blooming bouquet!
MEYER-NÄKEL SPÄTBURGUNDER 2018 (13.5%), £19.70, thewinebarn.co.uk. Silky German Pinot with cherry-blossom scent to make your heart sing.
ADNAMS CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2015 (13.5%), £19.99. Dark scent of deep berries and the perfect grippy texture to pair with tuna steaks.
WINE OF THE WEEK
KURTATSCH BLAUBURGUNDER 2019 (13%), £16.90, hhandc.co.uk. Sleek and refreshing as frozen berries, this fragrant ace from Italy is liquid finesse. Magical!
This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 11th April 2021