Tempranillo (from the Spanish temprano, meaning early) is a grape variety originating in the Rioja region of Spain. A relative newcomer to Australia, it is capable of producing a variety of styles depending on climate and winemaking technique. With the 2015 Tempranillo we have created a wine that is powerful yet elegant, showcasing how well suited this variety is to the Hunter Valley.
The grapes are from a beautiful vineyard in the Broke Fordwich sub-region of the Hunter Valley. The vines are situated adjacent to the Hunter River with the imposing backdrop of Castle Rock. These vines have achieved their balance at a relatively young age and with the assistance of selective fruit thinning throughout the growing season they have achieved optimal ripeness.
In 2015 the grapes were harvested at 13.4 Baume in the last week of February. The fruit was crushed to open fermenters and cold-soaked for 24 hours prior to fermentation. The juice was fermented on skins for approximately 10 days with a combination of hand plunging and pump-over method. The wine was then pressed and transferred to 2 and 3 year old French barriques. The wine was racked frequently to aerate and soften the tannins. The blended wine was bottled after 18 months oak maturation.
This 2015 Tempranillo shows vibrant red currant fruit aromas with some complex characters of green olive, spice and a hint of tobacco. The palate has a beautiful silky texture with flavours of liquorice and sour cherry fruits. The smoky oak flavours and fine, savoury tannins make this wine an excellent match with antipasto, duck and mature cheese. Enjoy now or cellar for up to four years.