El Quintanal Tempranillo 2014 $19.95 (3.5 stars)

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

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 […]

Avaniel Tempranillo 2013

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 […]

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 […]

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

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