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Tempranillo

Regarded as Spain's answer to Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranilo is widely planted and the important backbone to many wines. It is frequently blended with Garnacha to make the identifiable Rioja wines.

In Portugal, the vine is known by many different names (including Aragonêz and Tinta Roriz); selecting the wine for its regional character rather than grape is easy.

In Australia, the similar climate has been matched with new winemaking skills to make some vibrant table wine across the traditional four Rioja styles.

Regarded as Spain's answer to Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranilo is widely planted and the important backbone to many wines. It is frequently blended with Garnacha to make the identifiable Rioja wines.

In Portugal, the vine is known by many different names (including Aragonêz and Tinta Roriz); selecting the wine for its regional character rather than grape is easy.

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The vine is resilient against harsh weather conditions and produces thick-skinned, deeply-coloured red wines which are able to age very well.

Rioja

There are four basic levels of Rioja: Joven (young), where the wine has little or no oak maturation; Crianza (nursing), wherein the wine has matured for at least 6 months in an oak cask; Reserva - quality wine that has no less than one year in an oak barrel, and Gran Reserval, with the wine spending two years in cask.

Key Regions

Spain (Rioja, Ribera del Duero), Argentina, Portugal (Duero) and Australia (Bendigo).

Regional Variance

In Portugal Tempranillo is a major varietal of the Duero Valley, in Port production, and in the Alentejo. In some parts, the same vine names are used for different varieties.

Synonyms

Ull de Llrbre, Cencibel, Tinto Fino, Tinta Roriz and Aragonez.

Colour and Flavours

Ranging from deep garnet-red to purple in colour, Tempranillo wines have aromas closely associated with cherry, cola, strawberry, spices, tobacco flavours and even leather. The grape marries very well with oak, when required, and vanilla and cedar characters are common. It can be intense on the palate but will leave a velvet-like suppleness. Terrific with Spanish style food and practically good with pizza covered in dried meats, olives and tomato.

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  1. Arjona, Tinto

    Arjona, Tinto, 2017 75cl

    A bright ruby-red colour, with shades of violet typical in its youth. The aroma is open and fruity with light touches of vanilla and other spices.

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  2. Monte Araya, Vendimia Seleccionada

    Monte Araya, Vendimia Seleccionada, 2016 75cl

    As Rioja goes this is very light and approachable style. It has a ripe cherry fruit character which combines well with savoury notes to create a wine that has good depth and a silky finish. This is a great example of medium bodied complexity.

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  3. Rioja Vega, Crianza

    Rioja Vega, Crianza, 2015 75cl

    Clean, bright ruby red with aromas of vanilla, toast and spices. Well structured, meaty and balanced in the mouth.

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  4. Gustales, Crianza

    Gustales, Crianza, 2013 75cl

    A traditional-style Rioja which has been bottle-aged, giving the wine a smooth rich flavour with a soft balance.

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  5. Tobelos, Crianza

    Tobelos, Crianza, 2014 75cl

    Intense black-cherry colour with an attractive, powerful berry-fruit nose and hints of vanilla and spice. Velvety soft on the palate, this is a wine with grace and character.

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  6. Tahon de Tobelos, Reserva

    Tahon de Tobelos, Reserva, 2012 75cl

    This incredible wine is aged 18 months in new American oak barrels, bottled and then aged another 16 months. This gives it a dark cherry/plum colour. Fruity damsons, plums, vanilla, cocoa. Very complex with fathomless depth and elegance. Wondrous.

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  7. Urbina, Seleccion

    Urbina, Seleccion, 1999 75cl

    Concentrated aromas of dark berry and fig compliment the full body and rich fruit flavour. The flavour is reminiscent of fruit cake as the finish brings a lovely splash of savoury vanilla.

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  8. Urbina Gran Reserva Especial

    Urbina Gran Reserva Especial, 1994 75cl

    Powerful, rich and seductive and exhibits vegetable/tobacco aromas nose. On the palate it is classy and complex with perfect harmony of oak and glorious flavours of prunes, dates and sweet raisins. The mouthfeel is silky and creamy with a very long and full finish. A splendid old vintage.

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  9. Bagordi Joven, (Half Bottle) Spain, 2016

    Bagordi Joven, (Half Bottle) Spain, 2016 37.5cl

    A pronounced nose of intense redcurrant fruit is joined on the palate by summer berries and soft spice. 

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