Take two wines
Fontal Crianza La Mancha
2006 — Tempranillo dominated, with extra structure from 15pc Cabernet Sauvignon; full- bodied with a core of juicy fruits such as plums and blackberries and some Cabernet mintiness, all well integrated with oak. While the alcohol is high at 14.5pc, the overall character is cool. ¤10.99 Available from Cases Wine Warehouse, Galway; McCabes, Blackrock; The Gables, Mount Merrion; Wines on the Green, Dawson Street.
Camparron Crianza Toro 2006
Tempranillo, here called Tinta de Toro, delivering great concentration of ripe, red and black fruit flavours, gently supported and spiced by eight months in American barrels. It has a solid, smooth midpalate and makes a great value partner for red-meat dishes. 13.5pc alc. €8.99 Joyces, Knocknacarra, Athenry and Headford; Cases Wine Warehouse, Galway; O’Donovan’s, Cork; Deveney’s Dundrum; Hole in the Wall, Blackhorse Ave, Dublin; Redmond’s of Ranelagh; JC Savage, Swords; Martins, Fairview; Sheils Londis, Malahide; Jus de Vine, Portmarnock.
Point West Touriga Nacional 2009
The firm structure of Portugal’s signature red grape shines through here. Assertive but smooth, with spicy, dark fruits suggesting damson, plum and forest berries, supported by a three-month period in oak. Match with red meat dishes. €8.99. Available from SuperValu