Wines for the first barbecues of the season

Zalze Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2013, Western Cape
Zalze Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2013, Western Cape
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At the first hint of summer I can’t wait to get the barbecue out and sip a glass of wine as I wait for the coals to heat, so here are a few wines for those first barbies.

I love Australian riesling, it’s so food-friendly and also awakens your taste buds. The Exquisite Collection Riesling 2014, Clare Valley (Aldi £6.99) is dry and full of lime fruit and citrus acidity, enough to wake any palate. Yes, there are more complex examples, but this is remarkable value.

Malbec makes a great barbecue red and Argento Malbec 2014, Mendoza (Majestic £9.99, two for £6.66 each) is a great place to start. Fresh with dark bramble fruit, spices, a little mocha and a hint of vanilla, this is good if you are throwing steaks on the grill.

Top tipple this week is Zalze Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2013, Western Cape, a South African Rhone-style blend, medium to full-bodied, smooth blackberry and plum fruit with the viognier really adding to the perfume. This is a perfect barbecue red and at this price you should be snapping it up (Waitrose £5.99 on offer from £8.29 until May 12).