According to Huon Hooke in this weeks SMH Tempranillo may have found an Australian home in the Barossa Valley. This 70-25-5 per cent blend is a great value, knockabout, early-drinking red. It’s beautifully made and has lots of everything.

Terrific deep purple-red; clean, concentrated dark plum to dark cherry aromas which are fruit-driven and vibrant. There is fruit and flavour to burn, along with assertive grainy tannins which provide the right amount of grip. It’s not a particularly fine or complex wine but is all about joyful, unpretentious, uncomplicated flavour.

Probably best drunk within two or three years.

HH rates it at 90/100 and suggests it should accompany barbecued meats; hamburgers; steak sandwiches, casseroles; all hard cheeses.

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