Alistair Gibson looks at parrilla the grilla

Parrilla Malbec 2013, Mendoza
Parrilla Malbec 2013, Mendoza
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Parrilla is a type of grill used in Latin America and is also the word for a typical steak house in Argentina. So with the BBQ season with us here are three wines to go with it.

Root 1 Carmenere 2013, Colchagua Valley (£8.99 Morrisons). This is Chile’s signature grape with just a little syrah added to the blend adding nice spicy notes to flavours of plum and black fruit. It’s elegant with some freshness. Sticky ribs or spicy chicken wings will work well here.

Staying in Chile and a little more full-bodied is Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2012, Rapel Valley (£11.99 Tesco) it has lots of ripe dark fruit, spices all underpinned by vanilla oak. This needs flame-grilled steak with which to pair it.

My top tipple this week is Parrilla Malbec 2013, from Argentina (Majestic £11.99, £7.99 for two). The wine is great value while on promotion offering lots of lush dark fruits including plums and blackberry. There is a little mocha and a little toasted oak in the background, it finishes smoothly and went well with steak and sausages.

Alistair Gibson is proprietor of Hermitage Cellars, Emsworth. Call (01243) 431002.