Here comes summer... wines for the barbecue weather
Les Jamelles Syrah 2018, Vin de Pays d'Oc, France (£7, Co-op)
Summer is on its way, so here's a few for the barbecue... A little gem from the sunny South of France, this has a smooth, polished feel with all the generous, fruity brightness (expect swathes of wild berry fruits, spice, cinnamon and hints of violets), a really nice richness and enough structure to pair with barbecued meats, sweet and sticky glazes and wild boar sausages with a side of creamy coleslaw.
Tesco Finest Fair Trade South African Pinotage 2017, South Africa (£7.50, Tesco)
South Africa's flagship red grape loves smoke, and the streak of smokiness flowing through this ripe, plummy, earthy, bushy red with a slightly dryish finish, makes this a great all-rounder to mop up sticky, sweet sauces – especially if you're planning to tap into the trend for smoking pork and ribs with oak, hickory and milder wood flavours, such as apple, this summer.
WINE OF THE WEEK
Palataia Pinot Noir 2017, Pfalz, Germany (£9, Marks & Spencer)
Germany's floral, delicate Pinot Noirs are becoming increasingly popular, and this has ripe summer berries and raspberries galore. There's a silky elegance to the lush berry fruits, which are brightened by scented
strawberry notes and a kiss
of oak. Try serving it lightly
chilled on a hot sunny day and you'll be in good company –
lovely and uplifting.