The colour of this Bodegas y Viñedos Juan Manuel Burgos Avan Tinto is deep dark red with a purple tinge.

The nose is intriguing with new discoveries in every sniff: plums, spicy oak, chocolate, savoury/earthy notes and some light toffee oak.

It’s medium to full bodied but light on the palate for a 14% wine. Smooth drying tannins but there is plenty of fruit to back them up, with a really supple mouthfeel. The lovely long savoury spicy finish lingers in the mouth.

Not bad for an entry level wine.

Ribera Del Duero plays second fiddle to the more famous Rioja wine producing region, but grows the same Tempranillo grapes. The wines can be just as appealing and often at more reasonable prices.

The Avan is produced from 100% Tempranillo grapes grown at 900 metres, hand picked and matured in 90% French and 10% American oak, 50% new.

This is a versatile wine that will accompany hearty-flavoured foods like lasagna, pizza, barbecued meats. We enjoyed it last night with barbecued pork sausages with grilled vegetables.

Wine was purchased from Fermented Grape Juice in Kuala Lumpur. The wines arrived from this supplier in super quick time and perfectly packed; really fine service.

Ribera del Duero, Avan, 2018
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