Wine Lists

Spanish reds to try

By Halliday Promotion

23 Aug, 2019

Spanish reds are some of the best examples of medium-bodied, food-friendly and crowd-pleasing wines. And with the barbecue season about to fire up, consider the following ideas. 

South Australia's McLaren Vale does Spanish and Mediterranean grape varieties so incredibly well, as seen with these plush and lively examples below.        

Hedonist Tempranillo

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

Hither & Yon Grenache Mataro

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

Big Easy Radio Tempranillo Touriga

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

Find everything you need to know about Spanish reds in our essential guide.

*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.