Medium weight and a little exotic. Dark cherry and fruitcake characters play against savoury notes and 'hungry' tannins - no quaffer, it demands food.
Tempranillo hails from and is the most widely planted variety in most of the inland central and northern regions of Spain, most notably Rioja and Ribera del Duero where it is favoured partly for its early ripening (‘temprano’ translates as early) so as to avoid any early autumn rains tracking down off the Bay of Biscay. Unlike the plains in Spain, here in the hills of the Geographe region we rarely have to worry about early rains, however we have found that our elevation provides us with enough day / night temperature variation for Tempranillo to feel right at home, delivering excellent ‘typical’ Tempranillo characters of dark-cherries and some rich earthy characters which shouldn’t be confused with the tired and dried out characters of many of the old-school Spanish versions of the past. Our winemaking is simple, focusing on a gentle fermentation with a high proportion of whole berries to avoid extracting any of the more aggressive tannins that Tempranillo can be known for. The wine was matured for 14 months in pre-loved French oak barriques - all of which were at least four years old.
- WA - Other Western Australian
- Western Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
Mid to deep crimson with some purple.
Fruitcake (dried fruits, spice and a hint of Brandy) characters are interesting given the modest alcohol. There's a lot of complexity behind them with hard cheeses, roasted nuts, dark cherries and a hint of cola.
The palate fairly accurately echoes the nose with sweet and ripe fruitcake characters counterbalancing the more savoury elements, some smokiness and some serious, corrugated waves of dusty tannins which demand some proteinaceous food to go with them. Tapas anyone?
It will benefit from plenty of air if drinking it before the end of 2014. It will both soften and gain in complexity with five to ten years in the cellar.