Bodegas Aragonesas Duque Sevilla Campo de Borja Garnacha Tempranillo 2020

June 4, 2022By Yvonne

Bodegas Aragonesas Duque Sevilla Campo de Borja Garnacha Tempranillo 2020  Bodegas Aragonesas was founded in 1984 by members of a former cooperative who wanted to raise the overall quality of the wines and to market their wines themselves. Today, the Aragonesas is by far the largest bodega in Campo de Borja and boasts Grenache vines … Read More

Leftfield The Hatchling Hawke’s Bay Red Blend 2019

May 31, 2022By Yvonne

Leftfield The Hatchling Hawke’s Bay Red Blend 2019 $17.99 Paired with: Annabel Langbein’s Steak and kidney pie in Canvas Magazine NZ Herald Sat 4th June 2022 Boost your core-ingredient count from two (steak + kidney) to six by serving up a gloriously spicy glass of this blend of merlot, tempranillo, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. … Read More

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Rosado 2020

April 26, 2021By Yvonne

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Rosado 2020 $20 Made from 100% Tempranillo, this wine takes it’s name from the Spanish word for rosé. It is an unusual style, edged with savoury notes, hints of rhubarb and smoked fruits. So long as you’re up for something a little bit funky and not something fruity, then this could … Read More

Rock Ferry Trig Hill Vineyard Central Otago Tempranillo 2016

September 30, 2020By Yvonne

Rock Ferry Trig Hill Vineyard Central Otago Tempranillo 2016 $45 Not only is this tempranillo from Central Otago (as unlikely as that sounds), it’s also organic AND darn excellent.  The aromatics sing of bay leaf, drying flax, leather and coffee, prune and saucy, scorched toast, and all those delicious things osmose through onto the palate. … Read More

Marin Barbacoa Cariñena Garnacha Tempranillo 2017

August 4, 2020By Yvonne

Marin Barbacoa Cariñena Garnacha Tempranillo 2017 $19.99 Hand me my poncho, a pistol and a plucky pony and I’m roaring off into the Spanish sunset to find another bottle of this gorgeous grenache tempranillo blend. Charred and meaty and smashed with dark berries and soy, it’s a spicy, grip-around-the-gums style that’ll shiver your timbers and … Read More

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