The actual last of the summer wine, by Alistair Gibson
It does seem that autumn is just beginning to take hold but if we are blessed with a few more days of sunshine, that belated Indian summer, then here are a few wines to have on standby. In general I think low and lower alcohol wines don’t work that well but here is an exception, The Doctors Rosé 2020, Marlborough. Produced by Forrest wines, who after many years of experimentation in the vineyard they have managed to develop a trellising and canopy system for the vines that help the grapes gain flavour but with less production of sugar and hence lower alcohol. This is a blend of pinot noir and the white grape arneis, it is fashionably pale in colour and offers notes of red summer berries, some citrus peel and a little dried herb, the palate is very fresh with more red fruits and a crisp, dry finish. There is also a sauvignon blanc in the range which is worth seeking out, The Doctors is a welcome addition to the lower alcohol category.