It is absolutely radiating heat in Melbourne today! 40 degC at 9pm, seriously?! Where else would summers get this hot, apart from the Saharan desert? After all, we’re not all French foreign legionaires stationed on the North African shelf. So while alcohol will dehydrate you (it’s not all watery liquid you know), it does offers a further element that simple aqua fails at – enjoyment. And on a dry hot evening like today, I have to turn to a Mediterranean-syled wine to cool down. Something like this Picpoul from Languedoc.
Picpoul is typically regarded as the oyster wine, with a rigid acidic structure and accompanying citrus flavours with a pinch of salinity. However, it is certainly more versatile, and can be paired with salads, olives and smoked oily fish. I have even found it to work quite well with chicken liver pate.
~AUD$20. The Majone Picpoul is of pale lemon colour, and has a medium+ fragrance of waxy lime leaves, citrus and white blossoms. Still drinking young, this is a medium bodied white wine with med+ – high acidity. 12.5% alc, good critrus flavours of white grapefruit and lemon-lime cordial, moderate finish that leaves a slightly dry sensation across the tongue. Drink now. 88/100.
UPDATE: I found a great write up of this wine, and the region here.