Artero Tempranillo 2014

Artero Tempranillo 2014 $14 ★★★★½ How crazy is it that a wine this cheap can scoop a gold medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards AND a gold medal at the NZ International Wine Awards.  But it is absolutely deserving. This Spanish stunner has lovely, comforting aromas of blueberry, cherry and medicinal notes.  Juicy and […]

Malabarista Tempranillo & Garnacha 2012

 Malabarista Tempranillo & Garnacha 2012 $14.95 ★★★ Made at the Palacio de la Vega winery in Spain’s Navarra region, this toasty wee wine is scooping up ‘Best Buy’ accolades all over the place and it’s easy to see why.  “Malabarista” means ‘juggler’ in Spanish and the winemaking team behind it designed this savoury, spicy blend […]

Real Compania De Vinos Tempranillo 2013

Real Compania De Vinos Tempranillo 2013 $16 ★★★½ Super-fruity and packed with dark berries, cocoa nib and smoky, coconut and coffee notes, there’s a gentle, spicy, velvety mouthfeel in this Spanish sip which finishes with solid, chewy tannins.  www.winesale.co.nz

RojoMojo Tempranillo 2013

RojoMojo Tempranillo 2013 $12.95 ★★★½ Here you’ve got a rich, heady, spicy, plum-driven 100% Tempranillo from the Campo de Cariñena that’s dangerously easy to drink.  Tangy berries, cherries and savoury, leathery notes on the finish should make this a no brainer with burgers. www.moorewilson.co.nz

Mas Buscados Tempranillo Petit Verdot 2013

Mas Buscados Tempranillo Petit Verdot 2013 $16.95 ★★★½ The grapes are grown by three hombres called ‘Paco’ and the winemaker is Brent King, a gringo kiwi.  With a grippy, grizzly mouthfeel awash with cherry, berry and pepper flavours, make sure you feed it with meat. For stockists contact importer Bennett & Deller 09 3789463 info@bdwine.co.nz

Valtier Reserva Tempranillo Bobal 2007

Valtier Reserva Tempranillo Bobal 2007  $17.95 ★★★★ Bobal is a Spanish native, which makes up 50% of this deliciously mature, Valencia-grown blend.  It’s a smooth, vanilla-dusted red, oozing liquorice, cedar and dark fruit.  Superb value.  www.lacantina.co.nz

Marqués de Riscal Proximo 2011

Marqués de Riscal Proximo 2011 $21 ★★★½ With flavours reminiscent of dust and dubbin on an old leather boot, with hints of berries in the background, this earthy wine has soft, stretchy tannins and a gentle finish.  www.stvincentscave.com

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