Rioja Reserva not Brilliant with Moussaka

We finished off Delia’s Moussaka from 22 September with a bottle of Berberana Rioja Reserva from Tesco.  This was not a brilliant match and we were not sure why.  The Tesco website describes this wine made from a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha as having a rich, velvety, smooth taste with black cherry flavours and spicy vanilla oak.  Perhaps the wine was too much for the Moussaka and a less intensely-flavoured Rioja or a red from elsewhere in Spain might have worked better?

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