The sun is shining, the coals are glowing and there's several kilos of rare beef waiting to be thrown on the barbie. That's right, it's time for our ridiculously popular Licensed to Grill BBQ case. Six delicious reds that will go perfectly with anything you'll throw on your mad, bad grill. From a mid-weight Shiraz from South Africa that will be the best match you've ever had with BBQ'd lobster (yes that's right, red wine with lobster, suck it and see) to the deep dark intense T'Air D'Oc Syrah that will take your flame grilled lamb chops to the next level. Each and every one a winner!!
Included in this case:
T'Air d'Oc Syrah 2018. Chateau Gayda, Languedoc, France
With the warmth of the Mediterranean sunshine and the rolling hills of the majestic Pyrenees as a starting point, there's no wonder Domaine de Gayda makes some of the most exciting wines in the whole of the Languedoc region. Aged for 6 months in French oak, the nose is straight away bathed in hints of spice and red fruit, while the well-structured pallet and medium body hold the soft tannins to a great finish. A great example of an easy-drinking Syrah and awesome with lamb or beef fresh off the barbie.
La Gran Bestia 2018, Mendoza, Argentina
Ok. So this is our conundrum. It's called La Gran Bestia. But its not remotely beast like. It's big yes! But oh so smooth, silky and delicious that Beast seems almost a bit cruel. Still a name is just a name. Whatever it's called, you will undoubtedly enjoy its luscious, black cherry, mulberry and damson fruit confection, its seam of dark cherry chocolate and its slightly spicy, but again, ridiculously smooth finish. This wine was literally designed to go with anything beautifully char grilled on the barbecue. Or for that matter anything burnt. It will simply bulldoze through the blackened soot and make even a cremated sausage palatable.
Irmano Nero D'Avola 2018, Sicily
Made with grapes grown with total respect for nature and hand-picked only when perfectly ripe, Irmàna Nero d’Avola e Frappato is a full red, with aromas of maraschino and plum. Rich, round, supply and silky smooth, it nevertheless has a dark, brooding spice to its finish. A literal iron fist wrapped in a velvet glove. Particularly good with spicy chicken or barbecued ribs.
Manoso Joven Tinto Rioja 2018, Rioja, Spain
This is one of those wines that when you taste it, you immediately wonder why you haven't been drinking it all your life. It is literally jam packed with ripe luscious strawberry fruit flavours, with a lovely long creamy finish and just a subtle underlay of oak. All in all, a winner that punches seriously above its price and leaves your tastebuds feeling well and truly treated. Fabulous with a big hunk of mature Cheddar and some lovely fresh baked bread - equally at home with a Lancashire hotpot or barbecued sausages. It's extremely versatile.
Vina Del Jaro Sembro 2017, Ribera del Duero, Spain
This is simply one of the juiciest, softest reds we have on our list. It's 100% Tempranillo from the Ribera del Duero region in northern Spain and it's an alluring blend of pure sweet strawberry and tart blueberry fruits, with a streak of dark chocolate. It kicks many reds twice its price into touch and is a winner on all fronts. Absolutely divine with medium-rare thick cut sirloin steak seared over hot coals.
South Africa has been exceptionally good at producing great value reds in recent years and this Block Head Shiraz is no exception. Think deliciously soft blueberries mixed with fresh strawberries, topped with a bit of fresh vanilla ice cream, and bingo you've got it. Awesome with summer BBQs, particularly milk-fed lamb chops, but equally good match with seared langoustines or BBQ'd lobster - it's that versatile.
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