Wine of the Week - BBQ reds for all occasions

Our wine(s) of the week are three juicy reds that are perfect for a summer BBQ and promise to be the pair with anything  on the grill.
Continue reading to find out our top picks......


Honest picks of three BBQ reds for all occasions:
Cousñio-Macul Cabernet Sauvignon 2013:cousino_macul_cabernet_sauvignon_s_1

From the Maipo Valley, next to Santiago on the Chilean border, Cousino-Macul is the country's oldest wine producer. I visited the Maipo Valley, the Cabernet Sauvignons were lovely. This one offers a ripe and very blackcurrant flavour without just being a fruit-bomb. This wine pairs wonderfully with grilled meats and sausages.
Accuro Blend 2010:accuro_blend_2010_s
70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Only the best grapes, grown at 1,100 meters above sea level, in Valle de Uco, are selected. This wine has excellent balance, depth and structured achieved by this blend which is sophisticated and satisfying in equal measure. Plenty of dark plum, mulberry and spiced compote dominate the aromatics and palate. Perfect for a BBQ.
Ochota Barrels Shellac 2014Ochota Barrels Shellac Syrah 2014:
I'm really getting behind a fairly new estate from the Adelaide Hills and they are starting to produce some amazing wines that will test any preconceptions you have about Aussie reds. Jamie Goode has previously given this wine 96 points and we were very excited about being first out the gates with the 2014 release which I reckon is even better than the 2013 with an intensity and purity which is truly thrilling.
On the fine wine side Valdicava 05,09,10
05 – The 2015 Brunello Di montalcino is a brooding wine that flows with the essence of smoke, tar, earthiness, wild cherries and iron. This is one of most rich, concentrated Brunellos of the vintage. Dark and enveloping on the palate, this powerful, virile Brunello closes with substantial heft. It should age beautifully on the depth of its fruit, but readers will enjoy a far more complete drinking experience if the wine is given at least a few years in bottle to shed some of its baby fat.
Valdicava09Vincenzo Abbruzzese’s 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is dense and full – bodied rendition that delivers an enormously floral bouquet of crushed rose petal and dried potpourri with background tones of cinnamon stick, root beer and caramelized brown sugar. Past vintages of this wine have shown great power and structure in the mouth, but the 2009 vintage is veiled and nuanced instead. There’s a silky tight quality to tannin backed by long, polished feel. The wine never feels bulky or dense. It will be interesting to see how it evolves, but if you don’t want to wait, it can also be consumed in the near term.
10 Honest Grapes is the only official online UK retail channel for them. We are buying exclusively through our relationship with the estate – not via the Swiss grey market by way of Singapore with all the risks of fake bottles and multiple shipping destinations like anybody else who may try to offer you this wine. Valdicava’s 2010 is sleek, polished, with tremendous energy and almost hypnotically engaging – the best young Brunello I have ever tasted.

This weeks Recipe: Venison & blue cheese burger
Season the venison well and add chilli and blue cheese mince it roughly and make fat, hearty patties which you can then stick on the BBQ. Grill them so there's some good char on each side but still rare to medium rare. This would be delicious with any of the reds that were shown.