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:
DWWA 2017 Gold medal: Deep, dark, rich and spicy nose. Intense black plum, prune and cherry on palate with bergamot and graphite. Bold with wonderful ripeness.
DWWA 2017 Platinum medal (Best Value Australian Red Blend): A come-hither strawberry, blackcurrant, leafy nose with an explosion of cassis on the palate. Provençal herbs and gently spicy oak supply complexity. All up, a long, fresh, savoury wine destined for a lucky person's dinner table. Impressive.
DWWA 2017 Platinum medal (Best Middle East, Far East & India Red): Blackcurrants are the immediate aromas which transcend to a full spectrum of flavours; cedar and dried forest floor, a touch of dried mushrooms and notes of leather. These flavours are met with lifting acidity and gentle tannins, which…
DWWA 2017 Silver medal: Ripe, powerful and modern with lots of red and black fruit on the nose and palate. Slightly spicy finish. Well made with fine oak integration.