By: Our Correspondent

With the onset of summer in the southern hemisphere the mood in the
Antipodes is swinging towards fresh, crisp whites and rose. The surge
in popularity of rose is underpinned by the increasing number of
genuine wines made in a drier style moreover, from dedicated vineyards
and undergoing brief skin contact to achieve their color, as opposed to
just adding a bit of red. There are also more single grape styles being
made, expressive of their varietal characteristics and region.

A
textbook example of this is from one of Chianti's top producers,
Riecine, wholly organic viticulture and made from 100 percent
sangiovese and redolent of the varieties distinctive personality.

My
note: Bristling perfume of wild strawberry, raspberry, dried tamarind
peel and blood orange-citrus with a background of Tuscan fields on a
hot summer's day; lavender, anise, dried pine needles and baked earth.
Zingy palate entry with intensely tart strawberry and redcurrant with a
surge of invigorating lemony acidity and fresh ginger, white pepper
spiciness and despite its savory-tartness has the discernible
succulence and sweetness of nectarine on the mid-palate yet with a
thread of Amaro – blanched almond skin, slightly herbal Campari-like
pleasant bitterness with a lingering blood orange juiciness and bone
dry, gently chalky finish. Absolutely mouth-watering, refreshing
drinking for a summer's day; went superbly with our Thai food,
versatile throughout the whole meal and handling the spice and accent
of lime brilliantly in the salads – but also had me thinking of cold
pasta salads, Italian antipasto and seafood platters.

Although
Riecine is a relatively small producer, you will find a trickle
available in many markets due to a well-travelled proprietor, New
Yorker Gary Baumann. I purchased mine from Singapore importers Alpha
International who retail regionally through their website www.ewineasia.com I can equally recommend their Chianti reds, always elegant and complex.

Visit their website www.riecine.it