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Castillo Montanez Reserva Tempranillo

Posted by: Dane Brookes

Date: 13-09-2019

This bottle of tempranillo from ASDA comes at an amazingly affordable price… But does it live up to the description?

Just £5 a bottle from ASDA. This is what the website says:

A bold and concentrated red wine with ripe flavours of berries and black fruit alongside soft vanilla spice. Pairs perfectly with rich stews.

Here are the vital stats:

  • Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
  • Country: Spain
  • Winemaker: Castillo Montanez
  • Grape variety: Tempranillo
  • Wine colour: Red
  • Type of closure: Natural Cork


  • IWC 2019 Commended
  • IWSC 2019 Bronze
  • Decanter 2019 Bronze

The Babbling Brookes’ verdict

I’m can definitely pick up on the boldness and black fruit with the hints of vanilla. It’s also magnificently full-bodied with a slight hint of tobacco, so I’d say ASDA sell the wine slightly short. If you aren’t keen on too much sweetness and like something richly flavoursome and softer in the acidity stakes, this is a surefire winner.

At £5 a pop, this is a solid bottle of wine that stands up well against any other bottle in the £5 – £10 price range. I’ve had good feedback from guests on this wine, needless to say I’ll be sharing a couple of bottle of this over the weekend with my wife, mum, brother and sister-in-law. What I love about this wine, is it allows you to serve an ample amount to a few guests for very little money. Just like the Carta Roja from Sainsbury’s, this tastes like it’s much more expensive than a fiver!

The wine has just 9 reviews on the ASDA website with an average score of 4.5 out of 5. Though I enjoy this wine and its part of my regular rotation, I would drop the score slightly to a not-to-be-sniffed-at 4 out of 5.

Try it yourself and let us know what you think: