Mount Majura Tempranillo 2008

Mount Majura 2008There was a little pile of foam wine mailers in my office when I got back from the US, a couple of bottles from Mouth Majura was stashed away at the bottom. Complete with a hand written  note (I haven’t had one of those in years!) from Frank, the winemaker.  I’ve had a couple of bottles of this wine, of various vintages, over the years and I’ve always been impressed. But this is taking Canberra Tempranillo to another level. Canberra has a couple of features that make it, on paper at least, an ideal proposition for growing Tempranillo: climate and limestone in the soil. There is an old wifes tale in Spain that the best Tempranillo grows in soil rich in limestone…

In terms of line and length, this is similar to a crianza from Ribera del Duero: the nose offers up cherry, blackberry, licorice, a bit of woody spice and a slight herby note. Its savoury with a bit of sweet fruit mid palate, fine grained tannins balanced out by tangy acid. This shows depth of flavour, character and style.  A bit of added mineraly cola on the palate, which is always welcome. A solid example of what can be done with Tempranillo in Australia in the right conditions. 93 Pts.

Source: Winery Sample Price: $35 Closure: Screwcap