The definitive barbecue wine

2013 Vigneti Zabù, Il Passo, Nerello Mascalese/Nero d’Avola, Sicily (about £14.99, The Good Wine Shop, 020-8994 8184; Vallebona, 020-8944 5665; Bayley & Sage, 020-8946 9904; Camber Wines, 023-9275 5225; Artisvin, 01323-734320; Symposium Wine Emporium, 01273-478933; Taurus Wines, 01483-548484; The VineYard, 01306-876828; HarperWells, 01603-451098; Field & Fawcett, 01904-489073; Halifax Wine, 01422-256333; Shills of Cockermouth, 01900-826427; D Byrne & Co, 01200-423152; Wright Wine Company, 01756-700886; Carruthers & Kent, 0191-213 1818; The Wine Chambers, 0191-2578362; Luvians, 01334-654820; Valvona & Crolla, 0131-556 6066; Lockett Bros, 01620-890799; WoodWinters, 0131-667 2760).

Everyone is catching on to the splendour of Il Passo. Made from young Nerello Mascalese and Nero D’avola vines, grown on the hills around Lake Arancio in Sambuca di Sicilia, this is the most impressive, modern Italian red of the summer.

The grapes are allowed to dry a little in the hot Sicilian sun, so that they concentrate their sugars. With a longer maceration on the skins to extract delicious, plush notes and only six months ageing in barrique, so there are no coarse oak notes, you have a genius wine. The mouth-coating black plum and root liquorice notes make this the definitive barbecue wine.

• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).

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