Wine: Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses Grape: Carinena (45 per cent), Garnacha (40 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (15 per cent) Region: Priorato, Tarragona, Spain Vintage: 1992 One of the joys of wine is to discover something new and exciting. The wine under review was recommended while dining at a restaurant and it was quite a revelation. Priorat is an isolated wine-growing area deep in the province of Tarragona in Spain. The climate is temperate, with the Mediterranean influence counteracted by dry north winds. The best wines are red and made primarily from the robust grapes Garnacha and Carinena. The rugged vines grow on precariously steep slopes, digging their roots into the slatey soil. Les Terrasses is a brilliant deep red-purple in colour. The nose is highly concentrated with berry fruit aromas. On the palate there are masses of ripe fruit flavours together with vanilla from the oak. The wine, which was aged in oak casks for 12 months, is quite weighty and high in alcohol. Delicious now, Les Terrasses should last for at least another five years. Try it with a hearty steak. Where To Buy: from Wyndham Street Deli at $189 per bottle or from the wine list at La Bodega at $295.