Wines of the week: The best chilled wines for summer

Terry Kirby on the best bottles to buy this week
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In high summer, chilled wines refresh palates and accompany lighter foods. But some wines need different temperatures for chilling and drinking …

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Te Mata Hawkes Bay Gamay Noir 2013

Chilling young red wine works wonderfully with lighter Gamay or Pinot Noir grapes such as this succulent, Beaujolais-style Kiwi, enhancing the crunchy, fresh berry fruits. About an hour in the fridge should do; excellent with grilled white meats and salads. £12.95, thewinesociety.com

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Soave Classico Pieropan 2013

Zesty whites such as Sauvignon Blanc need to be cold, but the flowery aromas and smoky, almond, slightly citric flavours of this Soave will suffer from over-chilling; if the bottle has been in the fridge for several hours, it will taste better when left out for half an hour. Drink with white fish, soft cheese or pasta with creamy sauces. £14.50, petershamcellar.com; £15.95, robersonwine.com

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Château Beaulieu Cuvée Alexandre 2013

Classic Provençal rosé is bliss drunk really cold, bringing out the crisp herbal, strawberry and raspberry flavours. Put in the fridge well in advance; wonderful with fish soup or stew. £9.44, thedrinkshop.com; £11.76, winepalate.co.uk

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