A haunting and alluring Sicilian white

 2013 Dianthà, Sicily, Italy (£10, Marks & Spencer).

How about it – two Sicilian wines in a row? I must have heatstroke! I suppose that the unique flavours of these sun-kissed wines work brilliantly in hot weather and also with a wide variety of al fresco dining favourites. Last week’s intense red, Il Passo, can be found here.

This week’s stellar white, a snip at a tenner, can be picked up while you are grabbing baskets of party nibbles. Made from malvasia and grecanico, Dianthà is haunting, alluring and loaded with peach kernel and wild-flower nuances.

The vineyards are close to the Mediterranean Sea in the province of Trapani and, rather strangely, the two different varieties are harvested a month apart – malvasia in mid-August and grecanico in mid-September.

In spite of this it ends up being a demure 11% alcohol with poise and delicacy throughout.

The floral, juicy, fruit-salad notes are balanced perfectly by racy acidity. You can drink it as an aperitif, but it has enough impact and class to go with any main course fish, chicken or crustacea dishes. It also looks fabulous, too.

Head to B&Q and buy the cheapest paddling pool you can – fill it with ice and Dianthà, and get the party started!

• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).

Merryn

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