My 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