Wines of the week: The best bottles for the August Bank Holiday weekend

Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy

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The August Bank Holiday weekend is a time to indulge in some late-summer outdoor eating and drinking…

A red for meat

The Pullhams Bin 22 Barossa Valley Shiraz 2011

Smoky, bloody and spiced char-grilled red meats need a robust red from the country that made the barbie its own – so what better than a big Shiraz? Bursting with juicy, fruity flavours, it's nicely balanced by having just enough bottle time to mellow it out a bit. £12.99, virginwines.co.uk

A white for fish and salads

U San Muletto Irrésistible Blanc, Ile de Beauté 2013

Barbecued fish or, say, a grilled halloumi salad eaten outdoors require sharp, zingy whites such as this very individual Vermentino/Chardonnay blend from the sun-drenched island of Corsica: aromatic on the nose, dry on the palate, almost savoury and tinged with spice on the finish. £8.30, tanners-wines.co.uk

A rosé for the beach

Domaine de Oullières Harmonie de Provence 2013

Ice-cold rosé is a perfect match for a tapas/mezze-style picnic spread or some barbecued sardines on the beach. This is a benchmark Provence rosé – a gorgeous orange hue, crisply dry, subtle red berries and a lovely herbal tinge. Elegant outdoors drinking. £10.75, yapp.co.uk

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