2018 TEMPRANILLO TASTING NOTES
Region: McLaren Vale
100% Single Vineyard Tempranillo
The small patch of Tempranillo is planted next to our winter creek which is lined with figs, quinces and Mulberries. Our B&B cottage overlooks the vines that are planted on a heavy grey-black cracking clay with a topcoat of creek silt.
The vineyard is managed all by hand and only biodynamic practices are used. During the growing season we only spray herbal teas to that canopy for mildew protection and occasionally irrigate using recycled water.
The grapes from our vineyard are all handpicked in the early morning and fermented in a half tonne fermenter where it was hand plunged 2-3 times daily. No yeast is added so it undergoes a “wild ferment”, maceration on skins occuring for 7-10 days.The wine is then pressed off the skins, using a basket press, into 1,2 and 3 year old French oak barrels to age for 18 months prior to bottling. Minimal fining and filtration are used.
Tempranillo is a slightly rustic, northern Spanish variety that can produce a savoury, flavoursome wine .
Our Tempranillo displays aromatics of liquorice and spice with a medium weight palate of dark plummy fruit and a lovely tannin texture.
Grower: David Hunt
Winemaker: Nick Hunt