McGuigan Wines, four-time international winemaker of the year, is set to launch its brand-new McGuigan Torode Tempranillo. Arriving in the UK in May, the wine is launching at a time when European varietals, and Tempranillo – in particular – are seeing a period of increasing sales and popularity amongst UK wine lovers.
Award-winning Australian winemaker, Neil McGuigan has collaborated once more with TV Presenter and Chef John Torode to create a fine Tempranillo; the first red in the McGuigan Torode collaboration series. The wine is a meeting of minds between Neil’s expertise in quintessentially Australian reds and John’s taste for exceptional wines that complement great quality food.
Made with fruit sourced from the Adelaide Hills, the wine offers a complex blend of vibrant forest fruit characters on the nose with underlying notes of dried herbs and mocha. On the palate, this flavoursome red combines berry flavours with a savoury earthiness and subtle spice. This versatile wine can be enjoyed Spanish-style alongside tapas, or for an Australian twist, partnered with some of John’s signature dishes, such as miso steak or spaghetti with clams.
The third in the McGuigan Torode series, the Tempranillo follows the successes of the McGuigan Torode Rosé and McGuigan Torode Semillon which were launched in 2016 and 2014 respectively. The series is a result of a partnership borne from friendship and a shared love of food and wine – the core ethos of the McGuigan brand.
Chief winemaker, Neil McGuigan said, ‘‘Following our success with Semillon and Rosé, it only seemed right to add a vibrant red wine to our McGuigan Torode range. A growing appetite for Tempranillo in the UK was our inspiration, and so we explored every corner of the Adelaide Hills before finding the fruit to make our own version of this delicious varietal. Bright and approachable, we’re confident this wine fits with our shared ambition to create top quality food-friendly wines that anyone can enjoy.’
John Torode added: ‘Many people tend to save red for the winter months, but I love nothing more than a flavoursome red to enjoy at a summer BBQ. I’ll be pairing with my miso steak recipe which is a perfect match with the raspberry and blueberry tones of the wine.’