The BBQ lit, the coals are glowing and there are several kilos of beef waiting to be thrown in the oven. That's right, it's time for our ridiculously popular Licensed to Grill case. From a mid-weight Shiraz from South Africa that will be the best match you've ever had with grilled lobster (yes that's right, red wine with lobster) that will take your flame-grilled lamb chops to the next level. Each and every one a winner!
Included in this case:
Trastullo Primitivo, Veneto, Italy
This is without doubt one of the best sellers on our site. Absolutely rock-solid example of how lush, juicy, ripe, and majestic this grape variety can be. It's literally packed with black cherry and ripe plum fruit flavours, is silky smooth, with an elegant touch of white pepper on its long, creamy finish. Just wonderful. Especially if you happen to have a barbecued steak going spare to match with it.
La Gran Bestia 2018, Mendoza, Argentina
Ok. So this is our conundrum. It's called La Gran Bestia. But it's 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 chargrilled. 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 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.
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 milk-fed lamb chops, but equally good match with seared langoustines or lobster - it's that versatile.
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