South Australia's McLaren Vale does Spanish and Mediterranean grape varieties so incredibly well, as seen with these plush and lively examples below.
2018 Hedonist Tempranillo
The winemaking trio behind this wine has created a style with a fresh and medium-bodied palate, with cherry cola and cranberry notes, hints of cinnamon and underlying earthy tones. Expect a long finish with tight cocoa tannins.
RRP $25 | 2023 | Hedonist Wines
2018 Hither & Yon Grenache Mataro
Winemaker Richard Leask describes this wine as showing berry fruits and wild herbs, with a lively mouthfeel and sandy tannins. There's a raspberry chocolate bullet element to this wine, alongside black tea leaves and a gutsy earthiness to finish, with a pleasant after-grip and sweet trickle of red fruit on the back palate. Its structure lends itself to ageing, too.
RRP $29 | 2028 | Hither & Yon
2016 Big Easy Radio Tempranillo Touriga
Reviewer Ned Goodwin says: This is another delicious wine across an eminently drinkable swag. The tannins are its opus; the oak well nestled into the fray. Texture marks the quality, revelling amid soaring florals chaperoning kirsch, blueberry, aniseed, nori and coffee grind to bitter chocolate oak; a sashay rather than a riot. Among the more generous wines of the range. Yet there is nothing jammy; nothing obtuse.
RRP $28 | 2024 | Big Easy Radio
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*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.