5 wines to help you say goodbye to summer

Five wines to help you say goodbye to summer. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post.[]

Here’s a good way to wind down summer: Two delicious wines from Australia – a crisp invigorating Riesling and a spicy Shiraz-based red blend – highlight our weekly selection. Add an old-vine colombard from South Africa, a hearty Bordeaux and a fun rosé sparkler, and you have a party.

Pewsey Vale Dry Riesling 2016

3 stars, Eden Valley, Australia, $18

Australia produces rieslings that seem honed as sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel. Eden Valley, in the Barossa region of South Australia near Adelaide, is a prime region for the grape. This wine slices across the palate with zesty flavors of apricot, peach and nectarine. Alcohol by volume: 12 percent.

Chateau Bujan
Cotes de Bourg 2014

2 stars, Bordeaux, France, $19

This blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc offers flavors of cherries and blackberries, plus some white pepper spice once the wine opens up. Quite tasty. ABV: 13.5 percent.

Jim Barry The Barry Bros 2015

2 stars, Clare Valley, Australia, $20

This red blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and Malbec is racy with black currant, blackberry and plum fruit, with hints of mint and eucalyptus. It also offered a teaching moment: When I first removed the screw cap, the wine tasted a bit sulfury. It just needed to gasp for air a bit; after a half-hour, it showed beautifully. So always remember to give a suspect wine a second taste. ABV: 14.2 percent.

Bernard & Marjorie Rondeau Bugey Cerdon Rosé
Methode Ancestrale

2 stars, France, $20

Millennial pink comes to mind, both with the label and the color of the wine. This sparkler, made from gamay and poulsard, is juicy, slightly sweet and loads of fun. Enjoy it by itself or with light appetizers or even barbecue. With its low alcohol level, enjoy it with lunch. ABV: 8 percent.

Boet Le Roux Old Vine
Colombard 2016

2 stars, Swartland, South Africa, $13

Colombard is not considered one of the great wine grapes and is used mostly for cognac in France and white jug wine in California. This old vine example from South Africa, though, is delicious. Crisp and refreshing with zesty acidity, it’s a delightful wine to start a party. ABV: 12.5 percent.

• Three stars exceptional, two stars excellent, one star very good. Prices are approximate. Check to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.