Tempranillo is well-known as the great grape of the famous Spanish Rioja wines. It was virtually unheard of in the Adelaide Hills before Nepenthe planted Tempranillo vines at Charleston in 1998. However it is remarkably well-suited to the region, as it ripens early, loves altitude and thrives in the cool climate conditions. In making the Nepenthe Tempranillo, focus is placed on creating a wine that is a true reflection of this great variety in the Adelaide Hills, with simple winemaking techniques and the use of older oak barrels.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
Rating 92 + Special Value Star, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017
Winery Tasting Notes
Bright red with purple hues.
A complex amalgam of vibrant fruit characters of raspberry, strawberry and blueberry with underlying savoury notes such as herbs and leather.
Raspberry and blueberry fruit flavours combine with a savoury earthiness and subtle spice. The finish is complex, savoury and long.
Can be callared from 5 to 8 years.
Tempranillo is best suited to Spanish tapas, barbequed meat and pizza.