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Wine news: Relax and enjoy the great outdoors

What better way to enjoy the summer weather than with a tasty barbecue and lively wines to wash it down with

Pheasant Gully Shiraz Cabernet, offer price £6, M&S
Dawn Egan

PERFECT for the barbecue weather and for those who like a red with a punch is Pheasant Gully Shiraz Cabernet, offer price £6, M&S.

A soft and fruity Australian red with blackberry and plum flavours and a smooth, rounded finish. It’s made from Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend which has become a modern Australian classic and it makes a versatile partner for a range of robust savoury dishes and is especially good with grilled or barbecued meat, roast poultry and even chilli con carne.

If you prefer something a bit lighter, try: Good Company Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, £6.99, Lidl. This wine is a highly successful new style from Marlborough, New Zealand, which combines a fashionably pale rosé colour with typical Sauvignon flavours. It’s dry, fruity and bursting with passionfruit flavour – a winner in this hot weather. It’s a versatile wine that would pair well with almost all outdoor dining or is good enough to enjoy on its own. It would especially pair well with paella, fish pie or prawn curry.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, offer price £6.75, Sainsbury’s.

This award-winning white wine from Marlborough, New Zealand has sweet ripe fruit characters with a delightful mix of citrus, floral, pear and tropical fruit and a crisp nettle highlight, making it perfect for dinner parties and barbecues. This wine is typical of the distinctive and vibrant expression of Sauvignon Blanc now loved the world over.

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