Avaniel Tempranillo 2013 $22 ★★★½Avaniel Red (1)

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 BBQ you’re hosting – then you’ll get smiling nods of approval.  www.firstglass.co.nz