Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2018

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 purple-black and violet with streaks of blue and red; dark and deep.

Perfumed and floral aromaticity juggling berries, dried herbs, tree-fruits, dried fruits, and fresh herbs. Freshly hunted mushrooms, windfall plums, strawberries and all-spice. Layered.

Here is a big mouthful of red wine with Tempranillo’s generous mid-palate of round, plush fruit intertwined with the more formal tannic manners of an old-fashioned Spanish gentleman. These tannins parry and carry the fruit depth, but without any gruffness. Flavours of black cherry, soy, cola-nut and an after-taste of sarsaparilla represent a tempranillo in a very Iberian guise.

With its many dimensions this is a wine that wants your company at all times of the day. Coffee at 9am, a stuffed red pepper at midday for your mid-morning snack, patatas bravas and roasted garlic mayonnaise at 2.30pm for a light luncheon and then chorizo and black beans at 9pm for an early dinner, and then some ham and char-grilled asparagus at 2am because you are so famished.

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  • Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2019 – Silver Medal, 90 Points
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