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Our favourite red: Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo

By Amber Rolt on 28/05/14 10:00 AM

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 08.40.34Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo has become the UK’s official favourite red wine, and here at Bring a Bottle we are celebrating by giving away a case to one lucky reader.

It all began with two Spanish wine makers, Beristain and Ortigüela, who created the first vintage in 1959. Their strict standards for labelling and wine making are what makes this wine so special.

It is classified as a ‘Young Wine’, and spends less than a year in oak and an even shorter time in the bottle. This short oak treatment makes for a very approachable wine with light tannins and more fruit, which is the perfect environment for the Tempranillo grape to flourish.

Now that this wine has secured a spot as the UK’s favourite red, the Tempranillo grape has become one of the greats, along with Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec.

Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo has a sweet aroma of black cherry, with hints of strawberry, spice and a little vanilla. The wine tastes medium to full bodied, with light tannins and the deep red colour carries a spicy fruit aroma. It is reminiscent of the supple lean lines of a good Pinot Noir. It’s food friendly nature and cost conscious pricing make this wine wallet savvy, easy going, and perfect for the summer ahead.

For a chance to win a case, please head to the competition here.