(2020) From the Cariñena region in the north of Spain, this is a blend of Tempranillo with Grenache and Syrah. Vibrant and primary in colour, it is vinous and black cherry-scented, with a little bit of balsamic character, leading onto a firm but juicy palate, unoaked so sweet and sour, tight black fruit comes through. A touch lean in the finish but an honest £5.49s worth. Part of the Lidl Wine Tour May 2020, while stocks last.
(2011) 60% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in oak barrels for 2 years (70% French and 30% American). Very classical nose, beautifully pitched with some cedar and pencil-shaving finesse, tobacco and warm, spicy autumnal fruit. The palate has more of the same, but we love the elegant brightness of the finish. A real bargain.