Ways to use less water

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as Códega de Lar­inho out of ob­scu­rity.

White wines from the south of France, known for its big-hit­ting reds, have also grown in sales and are made from va­ri­eties such as Rous­sanne and Gre­nache Blanc.

Rosé, per­haps the wine most read­ily as­so­ci­ated with summer, has also un­der­gone a re­mark­able trans­for­ma­tion thanks to its surg­ing pop­u­lar­ity over the last 20 years and is now found in a huge num­ber of guises.

Here are a few rec­om­men­da­tions for wines to chill out with this summer – in the most var­ied way pos­si­ble. Do­maine de Pelle­haut Fam­ily Re­serve Rosé Syrah Tan­nat 2015 (£9.99 Rude Wines)

A herby and spicy rosé from south west France made from Syrah and Tan­nat – a va­ri­ety pe­cu­liar to the re­gion. Lots of straw­berry aro­mas and flavours, and a fresh fin­ish. Al­tano DOC Douro White 2016 (£9.99 from Tan­ners, The Wine So­ci­ety, winedi­rect.co.uk, Au­riol Wines)

The Douro is of course best known for Port, but in­creas­ingly Port fam­i­lies such as the Syming­tons are turn­ing to ta­ble wines to bol­ster their sales.

There are el­e­vated vine­yards in the Douro that of­fer per­fect op­por­tu­ni­ties for ma­tur­ing white grapes of which there are many, with in­dige­nous va­ri­eties of­ten grow­ing to­gether in the same places.

This wine is a blend of Mal­va­sia Fina, Vios­inho, Rabi­gato, Códega de Lar­inho and Mosca­tel Galego.

They pro­duce the kind of wine I just love: slightly aro­matic, tex­tured but with a crisp fin­ish.

There are flo­ral notes here, a hint of honey and el­der­flower in par­tic­u­lar. The palate is silky with a hint of almond and a clean fin­ish. Open this one any­where any­time. Seifried Grüner Velt­liner 2016 £14.99 from Liquorice, Roberts & Speight, New Zealand Cel­lar, James Molden, Banstead Vint­ners, Trina’s wines)

Grüner Velt­liner is na­tive to Aus­tria but is gain­ing ground in New Zealand. Her­mann Seifried moved to Nel­son with his Kiwi wife Agnes and be­gan graft­ing vines WITH luck, you shouldn’t need to get there in the 1970s. the sprin­kler out this

Seifried estab­lished summer. There’s been Grüner Velt­liner in their no sign yet of a Eden Road vine­yard and hosepipe ban, but we this 2016 vin­tage is a sin­gle should all be think­ing vine­yard par­cel from this about ways to use less site. water – par­tic­u­larly the

The New Zealand ter­roir green­fin­gered among us.cer­tainl­y­seem­sto­bring out Grüner’s typ­i­cal Here’s how you can char­ac­ter­is­tics. The nose is cut down on the quite veg­e­tal and needs amount of fresh water ton­ing down a lit­tle by you use this summer... chilling, which helps the Water early morn­ing wine’s el­e­gance. or dusk to re­duce

The fruit has more than evap­o­ra­tion – Don’t a sug­ges­tion of pear and water in the heat of the there is a white pep­per day. Put pots un­der edge that is quite typ­i­cal of hang­ing bas­kets so the Grüner. A nice wine to over­spill waters the match bar­be­cued chicken plants be­low. in Asian sauces. Avoid sprin­klers – A sprin­kler can use up to 1,000 litres of drink­ing water, or 220 gal­lons, in an hour. There are so many prod­ucts on the mar­ket now to help us save water that there’s re­ally no ex­cuse not to.

Don’t water estab­lished lawns – we have a long, hot spell, your lawn may turn a bit brown, but it will re­cover with the au­tumn rains.

Buy the right plant for you – Some plants need more water than Do­maines De Bouts 2016 (£9 Tesco)

This ter­rific value white from the Rhone is part of the Do­maines et Chateaux range show­cas­ing clas­sic French re­gional wines.

There’s a Bur­gun­dian qual­ity to the in­te­gra­tion of the oak and the fruit with en­tic­ing aro­mas of but­tery pear and hazel­nuts.

It’s with Rous­sanne and Gre­nache Blanc, which pro­duce a rich and rounded palate that leans nicely to­ward green cit­rus flavours. If oth­ers, so if you’re plan­ning a water­wise summer make sure you’ve got the right plants for your gar­den.

Re­cy­cle your water – Try to re­cy­cle water as a mat­ter of course. Use a plas­tic bowl for wash­ing up and then de­posit the water on to your plants, as a small amount of wash­ing up liq­uid isn’t go­ing to hurt them.

Use the rain – Up to 85,000 litres of rain falls on your roof each year, so in­stall a water butt and use it to water your plants and your car.

Choose your plant place­ment wisely – Some more thirsty spec­i­mens in pots may ben­e­fit from being placed on a tray lined with cap­il­lary mat­ting, which soaks up the water and then de­liv­ers the mois­ture to the roots, grad­u­ally when it’s needed.

Mulch – Add a thick layer of mulch around your plants to pre­vent the soil from get­ting too hot. Leaves and bark work very well. Or use peb­bles, nee­dles, straw, fruit pips or news­pa­per.

‘The fruit has more than a sug­ges­tion of pear’

Do­maine de Pelle­haut Fam­ily Re­serve Rosé Syrah Tan­nat 2015

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