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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. 2015 Vina Zorzal Tempranillo

    2015 Vina Zorzal Tempranillo

    90 Points John Caro
    A very satisfying red from old vines in provincial Spain. Here in Navarra they can grow wonderful Tempranillo like their southern neighbours in Rioja, but they can't charge the same high price. ...
    $17.99 in mixed 6+ or $19.99 per bottle
  2. 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 ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  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 ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  4. 2014 Cune (Cvne) Vina Real Crianza Rioja

    2014 Cune (Cvne) Vina Real Crianza Rioja

    90 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A perfectly balanced Tempranillo, the Vina Real comes from one of Rioja's top sub-regions, Rioja Alavesa. Here elevation and chalky soils ripen fruit perfectly, producing a wine that is plump ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  5. 2015 Vina Zorzal Rioja

    2015 Vina Zorzal Rioja

    91 Points John Caro
    A rich and fruity Rioja red made by an up-and-coming producer from neighbouring Navarra. Nice old Tempranillo vines (average 40 years old) give depth, texture and layering to an already lush ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  6. 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 ...
    $26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle
  7. 2015 Vina Zorzal Malayeto Garnacha

    2015 Vina Zorzal Malayeto Garnacha

    92 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A serious single vineyard Spanish Garnacha. These old vines are an average of 35 years but the real star is the elevated vineyard itself. On rocky and limey clay soils at an elevation of 520 ...
    $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  8. 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 ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  9. 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 ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  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 ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle

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