French Grenache & Spanish Tempranillo

Two bottles, one from France the other from Spain, both delicious, an adjective I seem to use rarely but in this case it describes these reasonably priced wines perfectly.

Oldvinegrenache(450 x 600)The first is a Grenache from the Cotes du Roussillon and Muscat de Rivesaltes regions in the South of France, a ‘Old Vines Grenache Noir 2012’ and available at M&S for £7.99. An unoaked, fruit filled, soft, silky, almost port like beauty with light tannins, slight acidity, a hint of sweetness with a long finish, It also has a little complexity and depth which makes it an interesting drink . The only slight drawback is the hefty alcohol 14.5% which you certainly feel after a few sips.

This is a wine to savour and finish over a couple of evenings brilliant with food equally as good on it’s own.


Epototempranillo(450 x 600)Next is from Spain, from a traditional Bodega north west of Madrid but with a non traditional screw cap. The ‘Opoto Single vineyard Tempranillo 2010’– Wine Society £6.25.
Very deep crimson with aromas of cherries, strawberries, Vanilla and smokey ash.
Taste – Very fruity, quite tannic, with a real hit of sweet vanilla but with a hint of mint, Eucalyptus and chewy candle wax.

Typically Spanish tasting and you won’t be disappointed !


8corksMy Rating 8/10 Corks

Old Vines Grenache Noir M&S £7.99


8corksMy Rating 8/10 Corks

Opoto Tempranillo £6.25


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