So summer is finally here!
The sun is out, everyone has a smile on their face, and the smell of distant BBQ is carried in the breeze..
Your mind wanders…Glazed ribs, charred chicken, homemade burgers and a cold beer. What could be better? Well you may have noticed that here at Majestic we are passionate about our wine, and whats more we’re convinced even he most humble of barbies can be brought to life with one or two of our summer stunners.
My mission over the past few weekends has been to match up some grilled gastronomy with some of our most supple, juicy reds to elevate your plate to greater plateaus and make your meat really memorable. I’m not going to lie, I can think of worse things to do than share a steak or six with some good friends over a glass or two of wine, but the satisfaction really lies in finding that perfect combination.
For me, the Ravenswood Zinfandel’s juicy blueberry notes really made my rump steak sing, whilst the peppery syrah in the Delas Saint Esprit Cote de Rhone took an earthy cumberland sausage to the next level of smoky deliciousness. So all that’s left is for you to give some of these 12 below a try and let us know what you think! They’re all on our 33% off deal so mix and match until you find your perfect partner!
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1. Callia Bella Malbec
With an intense pallet of wild berry and spice, this San Juan malbec is a great partner for charred chicken drumsticks and, dare I say it, a pasta salad!
2. 120 Carmenere
Boasting bright brambly fruit, subtle spice, and a hint of green bell pepper, this is a worthy companion to both red meats and flame grilled vegetarian kebabs alike.
3. Vina Eguia Crianza
Ripe red fruits, soft tannins, and a lively acidity make this supremely versatile crianza from Vina Equia the classic match for minted lamb chops.
4. Argento Malbec
Malbec and steak are the greatest of allies, but why not try this richly textured, fruit-driven red with a lightly spiced lamb kofte?
5. CDR Delas Saint-Esprit
Silky smooth with hints of raspberry and plenty of black fruit, the peppery syrah in this blend make it a stunning companion for red meats and even slow roasted pulled pork.
6. Mister Shiraz
With notes of spice, plum, and strawberry, this must-have BBQ wine from the Colchagua Valley partners beautifully with a rare, peppered steak.
7. Errazuriz Merlot
Youthful and fruit driven, this Chilean merlot’s combination of soft plum and bramble match wonderfully with the humble, rustic pork sausage.
8. Berberana Reserva
Juicy morello cherry, strawberry, and delicious vanilla overtones make this another great lamb match, but if you’re feeling adventurous try with sticky, glazed pork ribs.
9. Ravenswood Zinfandel
Bursting with sweet blueberry and plum, this beauty could soon be your barbecue’s best friend. Try this often overlooked variety with steak, or a seared duck breast.
10. Vinalba Reservado
This lip smacking, award winning malbec pairs beautifully with beef steaks, but try matching the ripe, dark plum fruits and dark chocolate undertones with rich, venison steaks.
11. Hamilton Block Cabernet
Coonawarra is famed for it’s medium bodied fruity, fragrant cabernets, and this fruit forward style with hints of cedar and blackcurrant leaf is a great example of the region. Try with juicy homemade beef burgers.
12. Marques de Caceras Reserva 09
Hugely expressive on the nose, with rich, luscious red and black fruits, this Reserva is only produced in the best vintages. Match with spatchcocked game to bring a luxurious edge to your BBQ.
ps. into your food and wine matching? Check out one our most read blogs: “Top 5 ways to match food and wine: The Matching Maxims”