Hewitson “Basham’s Beach” Tempranillo 2012, or, The black olive of the family

Let’s just get this out in the open – this wine has a terrible label. Its design errs on the dated, rather than classy, and I don’t think that what it thinks is a selling point really is a selling point. It states: … Bottled and released only in exceptional vintages. This wine is the…… Continue reading Hewitson “Basham’s Beach” Tempranillo 2012, or, The black olive of the family

Sanguine Estate Tempranillo 2007, or, As good as the Spanish and no bull

Anyone who feels that a decent Tempranillo can’t be made outside of Spain will be thoroughly silenced by this little gem. Some may be dubious of this claim when I say it has soft tannins and is not heavy on the finish, but I would assure them all the fresh, black cherry flavours remain intact…… Continue reading Sanguine Estate Tempranillo 2007, or, As good as the Spanish and no bull

Telmo Rodriguez ‘LZ’ Rioja 2009 (Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha), or, While my guitar gently drinks

I love a good Rioja, so this one had a lot to live up to. And with no oak influence this one was a bit of a risk, no matter how good the reputation of the wine maker is. But I needn’t have worried, the Tempranillo grape is in safe hands here. Finely crafted dried…… Continue reading Telmo Rodriguez ‘LZ’ Rioja 2009 (Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha), or, While my guitar gently drinks

West Cape Howe Tempranillo 2008, or, Pass me the marshmallows

Tempranillo has always been a Spanish favourite, and one of my own too, so Gavin Berry (the WCH MD) had a lot to live up to with this one. And it does so just brilliantly. I tend to like the earthy notes of the Rioja variety, all woody and dry suits me just fine thank…… Continue reading West Cape Howe Tempranillo 2008, or, Pass me the marshmallows