Los Aguilares Pago El Espino 2016

June 25, 2020By Yvonne

Los Aguilares Pago El Espino 2016 $52.85 Produced from 70% petit verdot, 20% syrah and 10% tempranillo grown at 900m altitude in the Sierra of Ronda in Malaga, this ultra-floral, fruit saturated style will wow the crowds (not that you’ll be wanting to share, but hey, the thought is there.) Ripe, buoyant blueberry, cherry and … Read More

House of Ball Romping Waipara Rosé 2017

August 8, 2018By Yvonne

House of Ball Romping Waipara Rosé 2017 $32  House of Ball is a vineyard and luxury B&B property owned by Julian and Lynda Ball on Mackenzies Road in North Canterbury.  Lynda is the instigator of rosé because she was a fan of the style and wanted one of her own.  Julian, good man, obliged and … Read More

El Quintanal Tempranillo 2014 $19.95 (3.5 stars)

March 30, 2017By Yvonne

Packed to the cork with ripe red berries, comforting christmas cake spices, caramelised, truffle-like earthiness, hints of vanilla and even a squeak of liquorice manages to snuggle in there too.  Here’s a deeply warming, comforting wine from Spain’s Ribera del Duero region, which works deliciously well with chicken and sweet capsicum stirfry. www.moorewilsons.co.nz

Marsden Estate Bay of Islands Tempranillo 2014

February 23, 2016By Yvonne

Marsden Estate Bay of Islands Tempranillo 2014 $42 ★★★★ Who would have thought that big, busty, dusty Spanish red grapes like Tempranillo would ever be happy growing in a tiny, 10 acre, sub-tropical pocket of Northland?  Not many, if any. But Rod McIvor of Marsden Estate had full faith and this juicy, plush, spicy red … Read More

Avaniel Tempranillo 2013

January 11, 2016By Yvonne

Avaniel Tempranillo 2013 $22 ★★★½ Sourced from Spain’s Ribero del Duero region is this ultra-smooth, plush and velvety red that seeps cocoa, cola, black olive, blackcurrant and all sorts of light, earthy, liquorice-like characters.  It’s got personality and an easy mouthfeel and I’m sure if you whip this out for your guests at the next … Read More

Artero Tempranillo 2014

January 5, 2016By Yvonne

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 … Read More

Real Compania De Vinos Tempranillo 2013

August 14, 2015By Yvonne

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