A taste of Spain!
2018 Spinifex Tempranillo (rrp $31)
Tempranillo is the backbone of the most famous reds of the Rioja region in northeast Spain. A versatile grape variety, it can be used to make bright, juicy drink now styles of wine or more savoury expressions that can be cellared. Pete Schell’s version is very much in the former mould, harvested from a single vineyard in the southern Barossa foothills and handpicked early in the season to capture lively, bright fruit characters and retain natural fruit acids. A beautify mid-weight wine with plenty of flavour and snappy tannins.
2017 Artisans of Barossa ‘Small Batch’ Barossa Valley Graciano (rrp $38)
Graciano’s traditional home is Rioja and Navarra in Spain where it forms a key component of the Tempranillo-based Grand Reserva wines, contributing structure, acidity and ageing potential to these superb dry reds from the northern Ebro River valley. It’s a relative newcomer to the Barossa Valley, but a hardy variety that revels in the warm and dry conditions. Blueberry, cherry and a hint of savoury spice on the nose, with a richly concentrated and rounded mid-palate framed with focused acidity and freshness. A superbly drinkable wine of great flavour and character.