Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2017

This Heirloom Vineyards Tempranillo was made from our best Adelaide Hills Vineyard near the Kuitpo Forest whose manicured old vines embody the very best in cutting edge, but old school viticulture and winemaking. Hand tended vines, sorted bunch by bunch with 30% whole bunches, naturally open fermented, basket-pressed and stored in well seasoned French oak barriques from bespoke coopers for 9 months before bottling.

The colour is dense and dark, as if this is a wine that may well be brooding , but do not fear...

A leading bouquet of faintly detectable oak, which reminds motoring enthusiasts of leather upholstery across the front seat of an open car. Aromas of Damson and Jambul plums, roses, heightened spice and green herbs.

A burst of savoury plum and wild strawberry fruit flavour starts the wine but is a shadow that quickly disappears as the mid-palate is quickly engulfed in fine, clean acid before the smooth, powdery and moreish tannins wrap the wine up. Hence a dry, long after palate that balances the subtle, underlying fruit sweetness.

Silly old wine men think of this red as an old-fashioned Navarra made in a modern manner : the best bits of both styles. It is also a wine that likes some oxygenation as much as it does a plate of char-grilled spankingly fresh sardines. The tannins in the wine; the oil in the fish...

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  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Challenge (USA) 2019 – Gold Medal, 92 Points
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2019 – Gold Medal, 93 Points
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