The Eternum Viti, a red from the Toro region (near enough to Ribera del Duero).

Old vines

The Eternum Viti is made from vines with an average age of over 50 years (the older, the less grapes are produced, the more concentrated the flavours).

Tinta de Toro: It’s Tempranillo, Jim, but not as we know it

The grape variety is “Tinta de Toro”, what they call Tempranillo in these parts. Nothing like a Rioja Tempranillo, though, this one is much, much bigger.

Oak barrels

The wine is aged in a mix of new and used French and American oak for 10 months, giving it vanilla, leather and a hint of spice.

Tasting verdict

Looks like: Dark, thick, almost (but not quite) viscous.

Smells like: blackcurrant, with a good mix of leather and liquorice.

In the gob: full flavoured blackcurrant, rich yet well balanced and velvety with hints of spice towards the end.

Goes well with: on its own or with red meat.

Parker Points: 90 (if you’re into that sort of thing)

For €15, this is a bloody good wine and one I think is well worth the purchase.

Where? Available in Dublin from the Corkscrew on Chatham Street.