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  1. Valdemoreda Tempranillo 2018
    Valdemoreda Tempranillo 2018
    The Valdemoreda wines are produced by the team at leading family Rioja producer Bodegas Valdemar. They are fresh and modern in style, yet with an undeniable Spanish character, and demonstrate the exceptional value to be found in Spain. This pure Tempranillo red wine spends five months in oak and delivers complex, ripe fruit aromas well integrated with subtle spicy hints of vanilla and caramel. The palate is rounded, well balanced and with a full, long aftertaste. WINEMERCHANTS
    2018
    tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  2. Finca Constanca Altozano Tempranillo 2019
    Finca Constanca Altozano Tempranillo 2019
    Finca Constancia is located in the province of Toledo, in Castilla-La Mancha, about 100 km from Madrid.

    Acquired by González Byass in 2001, it was chosen, after an exhaustive search, for its variety of different soil types and the continental climate and low rainfall during the ripening process, which in turn ensures healthy grapes. They practice precision viticulture throughout the vineyard to ensure they achieve the highest levels of quality.

    Under the guidance of winemaker Beatriz Paniagua, as always, the selection process begins in the vineyard. Prior to alcoholic fermentation they are cold macerated, at 5oC, in contact with their skins so as to retain the fruit aromas and produce a bright, intense colour.

    Explosion of aromas of ripe red fruits and hints of liquorice underpin the character and personality of this 100% Tempranillo. At the same time, notes of toffee and vanilla from ageing in barrel stand out. Soft and pleasant palate with exquisite well integrated tannins and a balance of preverves and ripe jammy fruits. How much? Wow!

    2019
    tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  3. El Circo Tempranillo 2018
    El Circo Tempranillo 2018
    This is a little beauty from Cariñena (not the grape) between Madrid and Barcelona. Its sourced from young vines of a single vineyard that sits about 450m above sea level helping to temper the warm summer sun. 100% Tempranillo it sees no new oak and is 100% organic fruit to boot!

    This is good stuff for the money. A cocktail of sweet black, red and blueberry fruit leaps out of the glass followed by cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove spice. There is an earthy undertone that pulls all the fruit together nicely and its soft, supple tannins add a nice layer of complexity. This is nicely focused and drinks more seriously than a lot of other Spanish Tempranillo at this price point. PWS
    2018
    tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  4. Campo Flores Tinto 2019
    Campo Flores Tinto 2019
    The grapes sourced for the Campo Flores wines come from sun drenched, organically farmed vineyards in the centre of Spain. Each wine is handmade and reflects the personality of the land and terroir. Warning! This wine is immensely drinkable and we bet you will be hitting us up for more. It not the first time we have put it in a pack or floor stacked it in the store because it's just bloody delicious!

    Supple ripe strawberry and blackcurrant fruit leaps out of the glass with swirl of earthy licorice that gently lurks. Spiced cola and black pepper poke their heads in and the little dash of syrah just adds another dimension to the wine. Some fine tannins run through the supple fruit and this is altogether more serious then either the label or the price point would allude too.
    2018
    tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  5. Camino Real Tempranillo 2018
    Camino Real Tempranillo 2018
    The vineyards of Camino Real are located in the heart of La Rioja, surrounded by mountain Sierra de Cantabria and river Ebro on the south. This area has an ancient tradition of winemaking and perfect conditions for Tempranillo. Camino Real combines an extraordinary quality, true character of the region and love for wine. The operation is large but the focus is on quality.

    This is 100% Tempranillo from a selection of old vineyards, between 50 and 70 years old, located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra. All the grape are manual harvested with fermentation is steel tank for freshness and just 4 months in new barrels for a lick of oak.

    Violet colour with a hint of ruby. Compelling nose of fresh blackcurrants, plums and other dark forest fruits. There is also a gentle herbal and oak notes. Elegant and fruity wine, with wild forest fruits, with raspberries and black cherries to the fore. Tannins are soft  supple nicely balanced with acidity that offsets the sweet fruits. PWS
    2018
    tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  6. Avaniel Tinto Ribera del Duero 2019
    Avaniel Tinto Ribera del Duero 2019

    Bodegas Monteabellón is located in the heart of the Ribera del Duero with 52 hectares of vineyards (mainly Tempranillo) around the township of Nava de Roa. Isaac Fernandez, nephew of the legendary Vega Sicilia ex- winemaker, Marino Garcia, is the inspiration behind this relatively new venture.

    The production at the winery is a thoroughly modern affair that draws on nearly 140 hectares of vineyards. The plots are spread over the Ribera, Rioja and Rueda with the mainstay wines those from their excellent Ribera holdings.

    Avaniel is made from grapes from one or the freshest young plots called "Los Miles". It is also one of the youngest vineyard with vines within 6 and 10 years. Violet and damson with wild forest fruits and plum pudding, spice cake character. There are intriguing mountain herbs and salt bush flavours supporting plump cool blue fruits and black raspberry cool-aid. The tannins are fine grained and feel off in the distance providing gentle structure to the easy drinking fruit. PWS

    2019
    tempranillo
    Spain
    470
  7. Chaffey Bros La Conquista Tempranillo Grenache Graciano 2017
    Chaffey Bros La Conquista Tempranillo Grenache Graciano 2017

    The Chaffey boys don't own any fruit and this thoroughly works to their advantage. Being able to source the best old vine material and best plots gives them an edge over mother nature while allowing access to some awesome fruit. This is usually a blend of 65% Barossa tempranillo, 25% old vine Barossa grenache, and 10% graciano from Eden Valley.

    Lifted and bright this about pure drinking pleasure. A bit of licorice and spice with punchy fruit and pepper to the fore. Mid-weight in style with everything in its place. Perfect Wed night wine. PWS

    Barossa blend of tempranillo, garnacha and graciano.

    Great drink. Up-front with blue- and black-berry fruit flavour with lacings of peppercorn and coal. It feels gentle and refreshing and yet it’s hearty in volume terms. Bright with flavour. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, The Wine front

    2017
    Grenache, tempranillo
    Australia
    349
    Special Price $25.00 Regular Price $26.00
  8. Jericho Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2020
    Jericho Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2020
    Jericho Wines is brought to you by the Jericho family: Neil, Kaye, Sally, Andrew, and Kim. Neil and Andrew have crafted the wines, with 50 years of wine making between them. Kim, the graphic artist has designed the labels, with Sally and Kaye support the family business and administration.

    The label takes inspiration from grape grower Vic Jericho, Neil's father. Vic loved woodcraft and took great pride in his farm tools and his handmade farm furnitureAs a statement of ownership and authenticity, Vic would sign his name on all of these items in his distinctive cursive styled. The Jericho Family Wines labels continues the tradition, featuring Vic's signature - a mark of family pride and respect. PWS

    Love the texture of this. The polish. Red and darker berry fruit flavours with inputs from graphite and clove. It’s suggestive of woodsmoke and fire, in a complexing way. But the really lovely thing here is the feel of the fruit and indeed the feel of the tannin, both of which feel fine and meticulous. The jubey nature of the fruit is pretty delicious too. It’s a complex wine but it’s very, very easy to drink/like. CAMPEBELL MATTINSON, The Wine Front
    2020
    tempranillo
    Australia
    340
  9. Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza 2018
    Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza 2018
    An ethos that blends attention to detail with the high quality old vineyards to create authentic contemporary classics. Based in the historic town of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, in  the heart of DOCa Rioja surrounded to the north by the Sierra Cantabria and to the south by the Ebro  river. The microclimate of the area and its clay-calcareous soils generate the perfect conditions for the vineyard, especially for Tempranillo.

    A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano from a selection of vineyards with low yielding fruit settled on poor soils of Ebro's terraces in the area of the Sonsierra. Manual harvest and spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts and small amounts of sulfur are added. Aging: 18 months in French, Eastern European and American oak barrels. 10% of new barrels and 90% of used barrels from 2 to 6 uses.

    A heady mix of aromas cocoa and vanilla that envelopes smashed black ripe fruits. Lots of tempranillo liquorice aromas with a spicy lift that leads into an elegant flavour profile matched with juicy black fruit backed by typical tempranillo structure. It finished soft and velvety with a black cherry and delicate cola lift.
    2018
    tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  10. La Maldición Vinos de Madrid Tinto de Valdilecha 2019
    La Maldición Vinos de Madrid Tinto de Valdilecha 2019
    Marc Isart is one of the most thoughtful, knowledgeable and humble growers. Isart is best known for his work at the outstanding Bernabeleva in the Gredos hills above Madrid, and his lo-fi, organic approach carries over to this tiny solo project: La Maldición. His small parcel of vines is located in the Arganda del Rey area (also within the Viños de Madrid DO).

    Now labelled Tinto de Valdilecha (the wine was previously called Tinto Para Beber 'a red to drink'), it's a blend of 75% mature-vine Tempranillo (from Valdilecha at 780 metres) with the local white grape Malvar (from Belmonte at a similar altitude) making up the balance. The vines are all biodynamically reared and the grapes hand-harvested. Both varieties are co-fermented with natural yeasts, then the wine spends 20-25 days on skins and is aged in cement and stainless steel tanks.

    The La Maldición--'the curse'--refers to the daily grind that this region's historical workers faced getting to (and making a living off) the remote, high-altitude, rocky vineyards east of Madrid. There is nothing jinxed about this wine however, which offers bags of the classic cherry/cola fruit of Tempranillo, as well as inky complexity, powdery tannins and refreshing acidity. A delicious, high-grown, yet generous country red and an absolute bargain as always. PWS
    2019
    tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  11. Real Agrado Rioja Tinto 2019
    Real Agrado Rioja Tinto 2019

    Real Agrado was started by agricultural engineer Juan Manuel Domínguez in 1974. Since 2006, Julian Ayuga has run the show. As a former consultant, winemaker, and member of the DOC Rioja Appellation tasting committee, Julian is highly regarded, and he has mentored many young and uprising wine folk in Rioja today. At 72 years of age, he proudly claims that nobody alive has opened more bottles of Rioja than him!

    The wine comes from vineyards in the two south-eastern pueblos of Aldeanuevo and Alfaro. These lands have a distinct Mediterranean influence, and nestle in the foothills of scenic Monte Yerga. The wines are labelled Viñedos en Propiedad: 100 hectares of family-owned vineyards is divided into four vineyard areas.

    80% Garnacha and 20% Tempranillo from La Lobera and Canterabuey, planted in 1992 and 1975 respectively, fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. The Garnacha is destemmed and the Tempranillo is fermented using carbonic maceration. Unoaked.
    14% abv. Total acidity 5.6. Cork closure.

    We love these Garnacha base Rioja's. This is wild and free on the nose with glittering red fruit with rugged mountain herbs that fleck the nose. Again with a ganrly edge to this that criss-crosses with sprightly red fruits and more broody blackberry and small dark fruits. Mid-weight in style with a pleasent, fine grained tannins that cut the fruit lightly on the finish. PWS

    2019
    tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  12. Fighting Gully Road Mornginton Peninsula Pinot Noir 2020
    Fighting Gully Road Mornginton Peninsula Pinot Noir 2020

    We have always felt like the wines of FGR are a bit of an unsung hero in the region. Mark Walpole, legendary viticulturalist has long seen the incredible potential of Beechworth and it shows in his ever-consistent range. Unfortunately with the devastating fires of 2020, Mark was left with no fruit from his own vineyards so he travelled far and wide to secure quality fruit to keep the winery busy. 

    The 2020 Pinot Noir was sourced from three different vineyard in the Mornington Peninsula. All MV6 the wine was 1/3 100% whole bunch ferment and 2/3 destemmed ferment. The subsequent wine was aged for 12 months in 1/4 new French oak puncheons. The mid palate exhibits ripe berry fruits with a fine line of acidity and tannins running throughout. Fine and delicious with that lovely warm Peninsula mid-palate fruit in a lovely focused but generous style. PWS

    2019
    tempranillo
    Australia
    353
    Special Price $29.00 Regular Price $34.00 As low as $28.00
  13. Puzano Hado 2015
    Puzano Hado 2015
    Based in Laguardia, in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa and at the feet of the Sierra de Cantabria this is the only one of the Pujanza wines which is made from grapes from several different vineyards, split into 23 plots. This allows us to vary the final coupage every year depending on the particular features of the vintage. Initial fermentation in steel tank where it then spends 12 months in 225 L French-oak casks.

    On the nose, it is young and full of life, with the characteristic red-berry fruit aromas of the local Tempranillo to the fore, with floral and very subtle light toasted notes coming through. On the palate Hado has a powerful, expressive attack and good acidity to keep it fresh and easy to drink, with lovely, polished tannins. The extra time in bottle has rounded and softened this our wonderfully and it is ready to go!
    2015
    tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  14. Hacienda el Olmo Rioja Tempranillo 2018
    Hacienda el Olmo Rioja Tempranillo 2018
    Hacienda el Olmo ('estate of the elm tree') is a special selection project, styled from the 360 hectares owned by Bodegas la Eralta, based in the south-eastern village of Agoncillo (15km south east of Logroño. This project is headed up by none other then Scott Wasley of Spanish Acquisition here in Melbourne. For those of you who recgonise the name you may be familiar with his two releases of Albello Sherry which is some of the best coming out of Spain. There is no doubt the quality in this production as well.

    Gently fermented, it spends three weeks of temperature-controlled maceration, before ageing 14 months in new and old oak, mainly French. It's purity of expression as genuine Rioja (Tempranillo +  Terroir) and lack of winery artefact ensures it stands out from the pack of industrial crianzas.

    Some earth and leather wander through strawberry and cherry, tobacco, earth, brush and undergrowth. There's a gorgeous sweet seeds/tannin character effortlessly expressing the wine's perfect ripeness, with an open, freely flowing palate framed by gentle grip and terrific natural acid freshness. The depth is impressive, with no heaviness, it's all savoury glide and maintains a charming openness. While tannin and oak have contributed no doubt to the deft mouthfeel, it's almost invisibly  /structured, super-subtle and unaffected. SCOTT WASLEY, The Spanish Acquisition
    2019
    tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  15. Sierra de Tolon Tempranillo 2018
    Sierra de Tolon Tempranillo 2018
    Sierra de Tolono is a member of an exciting but small cadre of new Rioja producers who are driving towards fresher, more terroir focused wines that place their emphasis on the vineyards rather than on the length of time any particular wine spends in a barrel. Run and owned by the indomitable Sandra Bravo, Sierra de Tolono produces incredibly elegant wines from old plots dotted around the cold, high altitude lands around the town of Rivas de Tereso, in Rioja Alavesa.

    This is her entry level wine and his deliberately made in a forward and fleshy style but still has so much character. Red and black fruits play with soft spice and earthy peppercorn lift. On the palate there's a gently dusty tannin framing that sit over a mineral core giving the fruit a cool and slinky feel.
    2019
    Grenache, tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  16. Fighting Gully Road Pinot Noir 2019
    Fighting Gully Road Pinot Noir 2019

    Two-thirds destemmed, one-third whole bunches. Fermented in stainless steel. No punchdowns. 14 days on skins. Matured 12 months in 25% new oak barriques and puncheons. Medium crimson. Fragrant and high-toned florals join forces with alluring forest berries, thyme and sage. Not an easy year for the region, but it's hard to see this in such a confident youngster, full of life and energy. Tight across the palate, with a lilting tomato leafiness, it's assured of developing further. JENI PORT, James Halliday

    We have always felt like the wines of FGR are a bit of an unsung hero in the region. Mark Walpole, legendary viticulturalist has long seen the incredible potential of Beechworth and it shows in his ever-consistent range. This is an especially good Beechworth pinot too so go hard! PWS

    2019
    tempranillo
    Australia
    353
  17. Artuke Pies Negros Tempranillo Rioja 2018
    Artuke Pies Negros Tempranillo Rioja 2018

    Artuke only use grapes from their vineyards in and around the small town of Baños de Ebro, tucked under the Sierra Cantabria on the northern edges of Rioja.

    Produced with grapes from vineyards in the village of Ábalos close to the Sierra Cantabria, the 2017 Pies Negros is mostly Tempranillo with some 12% Graciano. The destemmed but uncrushed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in 500-liter oak barrels for one year, except for almost 25% of the volume, which was kept in concrete. LUIS GUTIERREZ

    The Artuke aim is simple: to make vibrant wines expressive of the village, uncluttered by oak, extraction or other artifice. The brothers farm organically and their elevated, cool climate vineyards produce wonderfully bright versions of Rioja.  This 2018 version of the Pies Negro the best yet - great purity and a delightful freshness - there is plenty of ripe delicious Tempranillo but it is held in a vibrant tannic frame and will be a great food wine for the next 2-5 years. ALEX WILCOX

     

    2018
    Grenache, tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  18. A.Rodda Beechworth Aquila Audax Tempranillo 2018
    A.Rodda Beechworth Aquila Audax Tempranillo 2018

    Coffee grounds, chicory, peppercorns, cola and ripe black cherry. It's attractively fruited but, unlike many a tempranillo, it's not too fruit-sweet and manages to play many savoury cards. There's a positive firmness and dryness to the finish; it feels polished, structured and complete. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, James Halliday

    Tempranillo usually a bit of a ‘blah’ grape in this country, though there are some exceptions.

    GW: Juicy cherry, spicy, ripe raspberry, some perfume here of herbs and flowers. Medium-bodied, some chew to tannin, cola, a bit of citrus zest, acidity even a bit ‘mineral’, and solid finish. 92 points GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

    2018
    tempranillo
    Australia
    353
  19. Bodegas Frontio Follaco Jaun Garcia Blend 2018
    Bodegas Frontio Follaco Jaun Garcia Blend 2018
    Arribes is a rocky, end-of-world location on the Spain-Portugal border, where the Duero becomes the Douro. The name translates to: "high above the Duero". The land is a combination of high altitude rolling plains and deep, steep canyons lurching down to the Douro's water course, at altitudes between 650-750m. It's hot (hotter than nearby Toro, for example) but also relatively moist. It is intensely remote. Wine has been produced here since the brief (pre-Roman) invasion by the Phoenicians.

    Thyge 'Chus' Jensen is an outsider - a Dane drawn to winemaking. After searching and working in various parts of Spain, in Fermoselle he found vineyards he could afford to buy, and with old vine character to preserve and interpret. His Danish name being unpronounceable to the locals, he's nicknamed 'Chus' and arrived in town in time to make a first vintage in 2016.

    The majority of fruit is the local red grape, Juan Garcia, accounting for 112 ha. Of the other main varieties, Rufete has 17ha, Bruñel 9 ha, Mencia 2ha, Syrah 22ha, Garnatxa 10ha, and another autochthon, Mandón has 4 hectares.

    Compared to Juan Garcia wines, this has a little more blue floral in the red fruit, thanks to the Tinta Madrid. An earthy, sweet-skinsy character lingers really well. Just a touch 'country', it's graceful, easy but structured and detailed, with a really nice long, open finish. The finish is delicate but with a nip of bitterness to tidy up the purple fruit. A light, savoury and clear wine with an open heart, beating alive. PWS
    2018
    tempranillo
    Spain
    492
  20. Dominio del Aguila Picaro Tinto Fino 2018
    Dominio del Aguila Picaro Tinto Fino 2018
    Jorge Monzon's brazen approach landed him a job at one of the world's best wineries, Domaine Romanee Conti. He simply knocked on the door at the famed Vosne Romanee estate and stayed for 10 years. His last few years saw him working alongside the winery's cellar master, Bernard Noblet learning all aspects of making these prestigious wines. He began to understand that everything counts, even if it seems insignificant, that shortcuts should be avoided. He learned the beauty of wine.

    While working for 'the man' Jorge bought as many plots of old vine tinto fino (tempranillo) around his hometown village of La Aguilera in the province of Burgos - one of the best zones in Ribera del Duero. Many were destined for grubbing up or replanting with trellised vines. To date, Jorge has 66 hectares spread across 250 plots!

    '…it has the depth, concentration and nuance of the best wines from many wineries. It's produced in a more jovial style, but the wine comes from old vines that always have a field blend with small percentages of whatever grapes that are all fermented together, and these vines always produce a serious and deep wine. In 2018, it matured in French oak barrels for 11 months. This is very young and tender, expressive and aromatic, very much in line with the 2016. It has lots of energy and power, more than you might think, and it's serious. It's drinkable now, but it should get even better with some time in bottle. LUIS GUTIERREZ, wineadvocate.com
    2018
    tempranillo
    Spain
    492
    Special Price $51.00 Regular Price $60.00
  21. Artuke Finca de los Locos Rioja 2018
    Artuke Finca de los Locos Rioja 2018
    The first of the single-vineyards is the Finca de Los Locos, from a plot planted in 1981 in a terrace of Baños de Ebro at 120 meters above the level of the river, on gravel and sandy soils rich in limestone. It's mostly Tempranillo with 20% Graciano and a 2% pinch of white Viura fermented uncrushed with indigenous yeasts and matured in 500- and 600-liter barrels and two 3,500-liter oak foudre for 12 months. This wine has evolved tremendously since they moved away from the 225-liter barrels; and the priority now is to use large vats, and the remaining wine goes to large barrels. LUIS GUTIERREZ

    If you are only to buy one wine from this offer this is the one to get - this has great intensity and depth - yet retains the bright freshness of the great 2018 vintage. This is a wine that I think really needs a few year to show all that it can but be warned it is sooo good now you will be hard pressed to keep it. ALEX WILCOX
    2018
    Grenache, tempranillo
    Spain
    472
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