Mr Riggs Tempranillo 2004

Mr Riggs Tempranillo 2004My ongoing quest to find good Australian tempranillo continues, and we seem to be moving in the right direction.  From the cooler climate Adelaide Hills, this is a good example of tempranillo and is much better than previous attempts by these guys.  One of my main criticisms with past vintages has been the oak treatment, the 04 is quite restrained in this aspect and lets the fruit do most of the talking.

The vines for this wine were planted in 2000 and the oak treatment is 20% new french oak, with the rest being old french oak.

Very deep, dark red in the glass.  The nose has some nice red cherry, cherry liquor, olives and some star anise.  Medium bodied in the mouth.  Savory with supple tannins and nicely balanced.  Dark fruits, liquorice and earth.  A bit more acid would be nice, its not all fruit however.  It held its own in against a crianza from Rioja, not the same style but it wasn't out of place. 87 Pts.

Source: Retail RRP: $25 Closure: Conventional Cork


8 thoughts on “Mr Riggs Tempranillo 2004

  1. Suckfizzle/Stella Bella do a tempranillo. Interesting. Rabidly tannic.
    Hollick also do one. That was pretty good actually.

  2. Looks like Tim Adams is doing one as well. Canberra seems to be doing something as well, Mount Majura are doing good things.

    Watch out Cabernet, Tempranillo is taking over!

  3. I tasted the three vintages of Mount Majura tempranillo over the weekend (2003, 2004, 2005). The 2005 is the brand new release, and on 6btl limited allocation to stretch the 61 case run out. The big Grape and Wine Industry Journal Australian tempranillo tasting (conducted by Louisa Rose and Nick Stock), rated the 2003 and 2004 Mount Majura’s as up with the best examples in Australia. Their evolution since release is fascinating, with the 2005 going down a line & length path, rather than being fruit forward.

  4. I just had a bottle of the 2002 Mr Riggs tempranillo. I was not so fussed on day one, but sat it in the fridge and the fruit did a much better job of asserting itself the next day. Not too oaky either, but tasted like young vine fruit though, which is no bad thing sometimes.

  5. i recently have had several good tempranillo from the granite belt in southern queensland high up on the dividing range 850 m above sea level. the first temp was from rooklyn wines it is a trophy winner and several silver medals and 2 from ridgemill estate both have won bronze medals from aavws along with the rooklyn winning silver.
    the rooklyn is a full bodied oaky and tannic wine with cherry and that typical savoury finish. the ridgemill estate temps are more in a joven style a bit lighter but full of flavour. the 2006 was my favorite it was broad and expansive and a good example of tempranillo being its self

  6. That rooklyn temp was an oaky monster when first released but some months later it has settled down.As far as fruit forward tempranillo goes Pondalowie in Bendigo does a cracker. No oak treatment, 100% temp, which is surprising given the incredibly fleshed out mouthfeel.Retails for about $28.

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