Five Tempranillos (-ish) from Spain & Australia

Viña Real Rioja Crianza 2011, Spain (£11.05 Lea & Sandeman Company Ltd, Fortnum and Mason Plc, Cranbrook Wines, D.Byrne & Co, Ann et Vin Ltd, Hailsham Cellars, York Wines, Pimlico Dozen Ltd, Field and Fawcett, Cheers Wine Merchants, Wino’s Ltd, Bin 21 Limited, The Clifton Cellars, The Ltd, Dickens House Wine Emporium Ltd, Hoults Wine Merchants, Wine Rack, The Devine Wine Company (Kent) Ltd, Islington Wine)
Combines dusty warmth with spicy red berry and plum flavours that just veer towards the jammy, but there are floral and orange peel notes to maintain freshness. B+

Cune Rioja Crianza 2011, Spain (£10.25 Majestic, Booths, Whole Foods Market Camden, Bargain Booze, Wine Rack, Christopher Piper Wines, Cheers Wine Merchants, Ellies Cellar, Hoults Wine Merchants, Bin 21, Wine Press, D.Byrne & Co, Islington Wine, Eagle Wines, Eynsham Cellars Limited, Refreshers, Village Wines, Fountainhall Wines, Gwin Llyn Wines, Lamorbey Wine, Satchells, The Devine Wine Company, Hyperama Cash and Carry, The Bottles Stop, Beer Brothers, Field and Fawcett, Harrisons Fine Wines, Stoke Local, The Whalley Wine Shop)
Starts off a little stern but then relaxes to let the dusty berry flesh and coconutty oak emerge. Generous but never overripe, and had a backbone of tannin that should help it survive for at least another couple of years. S-

Tinedo Básico Tempranillo 2014, Spain (£10.99 Virgin Wines)
Vivacious young style, with crunchy cherry and raspberry flavours and an exotic rose petal character. Currently young and chewy, but part of me thinks I want to quaff it now while all that fruit is in its prime, rather than let age soften it. S-

Ja! By Tinedo Tempranillo 2013, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla, Spain (£9.99 Virgin Wines)
A softer style, still some of the floral edge of the Básico, but this seems spicier, with concentrated but alluring red fruit flavours and a generous finish. Nice contrast between these two, I like them both. S-

Ess & See Tempranillo 2013, South Australia (£15.99 Virgin Wines)
Has the earthy leathery character and soft sweet plummy berry fruit typical of the Barossa, but there’s a savoury edge to remind you it’s not Shiraz. Quite heady, with a hint of dried cherries, just let down by a slightly hard finish. B

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