Vega Del Rayo Rioja Reserva 2012
Made from the Tempranillo grape, this is dark red in the glass with a burnished orange glimmer to the hue. It has a savoury, gamey and slightly herbal aroma with more obvious savouriness in the succulent yet meaty palate with a huge hit of peppery spice, touches of cigar smoke, Christmas cake fruit and nut mix, leather and vanilla. Concentrated and powerful, with super fine tannins and a long juicy finish and fabulous presentation with its wire wove cage. Gold NZIWS.