This is an elegant wine, with firm but not heavy tannin structure, silky texture and wild fruit flavours on the finish.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
Fragrant, dark red with powerful blackcurrant, dark chocolate, plum and spice flavours, seasoned with fine quality oak. Elegant, vibrant, firmly structured wine, still very youthful... Winestate's Best Wines of 2009 4.5 Stars - Winestate (FEB/2010)
Really interesting savoury characters. Dark rose petals and tar. Dried bay leaves. Even a touch of white pepper. This wine had a very solid, very dry palate but with a very exciting, very different fruit spectrum. Overall the wine was very balanced and went beautifully with the food. Award Winners 2010 - Lighter Bodied Dry Red Wines Blue-Gold Medal & Top 100 Wines of the Competition, Steve Flamstead Sydney International Wine Competition 2010 (20/MAR/2010)
Generous, serious, ageworthy red with full, youthful colour and fresh, deep plum and spice flavours, complex, savoury, finely balanced and lingering. Rated highly by all judges. 5 Stars, Michael Cooper WINESTATE(01/OCT/2010)
Fairly dense red with bright, violet, wild herb and red cherry aromas. An elegant wine showing moderate power. Strongly varietal; gives an assertive nod in the direction of Spain. Rating 91 - Bob Campbell MW, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (01/NOV/2010)
Generous, serious, ageworthy red with full, youthful colour and fresh, deep plum and spice flavours, complex, savoury, finely balanced and lingering. Rated highly by all judges.5 Stars - Winestate (01/FEB/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
Variety: Tempranillo 87%, Touriga Nacional 10%, Malbec 2%, Viognier 1%
Tempranillo is the red grape variety grown most widely in Spain, in a large range of climatic conditions and soil types. It is best know as the main grape used for making Rioja. It is also used in Portugal under the synonym Tinta Roriz, where it is used to make port and also the Duero dry reds. We grow it in the stony, free-draining and warm soils of the Gimblett Gravels.
Wild raspberry and plum fruit aromas with spice characterize the wine, with a little vanillin from oak barrels. This is a result of fully ripened fruit under our temperate conditions, which does not produce jammy or porty characters as can happen in a hotter climate.
Malbec adds depth, weight and spice to the wine, increasing the complexity. This is an elegant wine, with firm but not heavy tannin structure. The texture is firm, but with suppleness, almost like a combination of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. There is great persistence of the wild fruit flavours and licorice on the finish.
The wine will age well for five years or so and can be drunk with any red meat or pork dishes.
The hand-picked grapes were destemmed but not crushed. The fermentation took place in stainless-steel fermenters, at warm temperatures, maximum 28oC. The cap was punched down or pumped over twice daily during the ferment. The must was pressed out as soon as the ferment was finished, with the wine settled for a few days and then racked to a mixture of new and older French oak and American oak barriques plus stainless-steel. Regular racking takes place during the 11 month maturation in barrel. The wine will be bottled in May 2009.
Medals & Trophies
Blue-Gold Medal & Top 100 Wines of the Competition Sydney International Wine Competition 2010