Wines of the week: Boas Vinhas Tinto 2009; Extra Special Pinotage 2010; Bushland Vines Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 06 May 2012
Hopefully, the weather might just be warm enough for outdoor eating this Bank Holiday weekend, so here are three modestly priced reds for sharing around the first – or any – barbecue of the year
Boas Vinhas Tinto 2009
From the Dão region, this smooth, rich red owes much of its elegant character to the port grape varieties Touriga Nacional and Tinto Roriz dominant in the blend. With lots of wild red fruits, herb and spice flavours, it is one to drink with a butterfly leg of lamb, smeared with anchovies and rosemary. £9.15, jascots.co.uk; £9.99, the winecompany.co.uk; £9.99, dillies.co.uk
Extra Special Pinotage 2010
An excellent example of South Africa's best-known indigenous grape from a winery, Fairhills, committed to Fairtrade principles. Medium-bodied, packed with crunchy berry, plum and coffee flavours, this has a good, fresh acidity that would work well with barbecued chicken or pork, particularly if in a peri-peri or harissa marinade. £6.98, Asda
Bushland Vines Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
One of the best bargains around, from a budget supermarket whose wine range constantly surprises, and perfect for almost any barbecued red meats. Typically big, robust New World Shiraz fruit and chocolate flavours, balanced with restraint on the palate and a lovely, velvety mouthfeel. Could be twice the price elsewhere. £4.99, Aldi
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