Ah, summer. It's that time of year when competition for barbecue honours hots up, so below are some suitably big-hitting, medal-winning reds from Decanter's World Wine Awards 2017...

BBQ wine tends to require big flavours to match the intensity of grilled or smoked meats. Hearty reds will always work best in this situation, with the tannins soaking up the fat and the rich flavours of the wine enhancing those of the meat.

The Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 is a brilliant resource for discovering new wines, with over 17,000 entries this year alone. Here are five medal-winners we have picked out as perfect examples of bbq wine, ideal for drinking alfresco with plenty of grilled meat this summer, come rain or shine.

Award winning BBQ wine:


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