Running with Bulls Tempranillo

 (image created at Running with Bulls website)

With a name like ‘Running with Bulls’ you would expect a couple of things from this wine. Namely, a wine that has a latin beat proudly displaying its Spanish roots, is so freshly savoury that you feel the need to slap it’s face (or hind quarters…) and has a sense of terrifying excitement.

While Tempranillo is one of Spain’s most famous wine varieties, it is certainly finding a welcome home here in Australia. It does particularly well in our warmer regions like the Barossa producing some excitement worthy wines.

Warning: this wine will make you feel like whipping out the phrase book to get to Pamplona. Exciting, Si?  At this point, I recommend drinking this wine with a friend over a smoky Paella before you actually pay for your tickets. ¡Buen Provecho!

Running with Bulls Barossa Tempranillo 2012

The 2010 most deservedly won a Gold Medal at the 2011 Sydney Royal Wine Show & this wine generously gives something more than the usual fruity Shiraz available at the same price.

There is no denying the savoury intensity of this wine. However, there is freshness to its silky texture. Some rather judicious barrel work has calmed the sometimes tannic varietal character of thick skinned Tempranillo but let the fruit shine through.  The juicy ripe red currant, black plums have a slightly leathery spice & cola character that is very food friendly.  With a moderate 13.5% alcohol, it does not leave you feeling trampled either!

Date: 1 May 2013   Price:  $25    Value: $$$   Drink: Now – 5 years


Running with Bulls Wrattonbully Tempranillo 2012


A totally different style to that of the Barossa. One that is more sinuous under the velvety tannins.  Rich cinnamon and cloves spice up the red fruit and cherry. There is also a slight sappy cedary note compared to the light chariness of the Barossa version. Still medium bodied, there is more warmth and ripeness to the Wrattonbully proving that there is room for both in the market.

Date: 1 May 2013   Price:  $25    Value: $$$   Drink: Now – 5 years


If you visit the Running with Bulls website, you also get to doodle around with their poster tool just like I did.  Neat!!!


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