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Tempranillo

Tempranillo is to Spain what Sangiovese is to Italy. A widely planted and very ‘complete’ grape, Tempranillo offers a handy gamut of red and dark fruit, spice, earth and tobacco notes. More importantly, if grown well it has the tannin structure to make for truly serious, age-worthy reds - whether alone or blended with fruitier varieties like Garnacha (Grenache). Tempranillo dominates the blend of classic Rioja wines, in addition to Ribera del Duero, while remaining important in the rest of Spain and Portugal. Tempranillo has recently made excursions to 'exotic' places like Australia and New Zealand but is mostly established in colonies of Iberian culture, in particular making lush and modern examples from the sunny but elevated vineyards of Argentina.

Tempranillo

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  1. 2014 Tono Hawkes Bay Tempranillo

    2014 Tono Hawkes Bay Tempranillo

    17.5 Points Raymond Chan
    A juicy and approachable Tempranillo from New Zealand's developing hub for this new variety, Hawkes Bay. This one has serious pedigree, the Tono label started by Dry River winemaker Ant ...
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  2. 2010 Vinculo Crianza Tempranillo

    2010 Vinculo Crianza Tempranillo

    91 Points John Caro
    Vibrant and ripe, this is modern Spanish winemaking at it's best. Packed with black fruits and spicy vanilla notes, this offers charming richness and nuance with the depth to stand up to real ...
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  3. 2015 Callejo Flores de Callejo

    2015 Callejo Flores de Callejo

    91 Points John Caro
    A juicy and complex Tempranillo from Spanish stunners Callejo. Already full of ripe, succulent fruit – embellished by florals and savoury/tobacco notes – it also has the concentration to ...
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  4. 2015 Artadi Rioja Tempranillo Crianza

    2015 Artadi Rioja Tempranillo Crianza

    90 Points John Caro
    Luscious Tempranillo from a top producer who specialises in this local variety. From elevated vineyards between 450-700 metres, this is ripe and slurpy but bright and aromatic, with juicy fruits ...
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  5. 2010 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Alberdi

    2010 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Alberdi

    91 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    What value! A Reserva Rioja from a top house in an 'excellent' year! This producer is known for the best old school Rioja and their entry-level applies all the quality and aging – two full ...
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  6. 2013 Callejo Crianza

    2013 Callejo Crianza

    92 Points John Caro
    This Tempranillo from Callejo is a beautiful example - elegant and complex...rather like a great Music. Callejo care so much about their wine they play music in the barrel halls! Despite full ...
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  7. 2013 Muga Reserva Rioja

    2013 Muga Reserva Rioja

    93 Points John Caro
    One of our biggest selling Rioja, the Muga Reserva hits that perfect balance of modern and traditional. The fruit is clean and perfect, in a lush and bright and slightly spicy style, but elegant ...
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  8. 2011 Callejo Finca Valdelroble

    2011 Callejo Finca Valdelroble

    92 Points John Caro
    Gorgeously lush and dark, this special drop from Callejo is one of the leading wines of Ribera del Duero. It is from an elevated site that was, strangely, earmarked for an airfield before the ...
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  9. 2009 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Arana

    2009 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Arana

    90 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    Superbly aged Rioja Reserva that's 8 years old - for $40 odd! La Rioja Alta are a legendary producers of strictly traditional, aged, complex wines for a famously moderate price. This one has ...
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  10. 2015 Artadi Rioja Vinas De Gain

    2015 Artadi Rioja Vinas De Gain

    91 Points John Caro
    A plump, modern-style Rioja with lots of structure and texture. Many layers of pithy, salty and oaky complexity are wrapped up in ripe, warm, bright fruit and body to charismatic effect. A great ...
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