Nepenthe Tempranillo 2004

Nepenthe Tempranillo 2004The more tempranillo based wines I see from the Adelaide Hills, the more I think it is an ideal location for producing Rioja style wines.  This is the forth release of tempranillo by the chaps at Nepenthe and they seem to have nailed it. 

One thing I have noticed with many of the Australian tempranillo based wines is that they need some time to open up, especially those that have seen some time in wood.  A bit of bottle age would would probably help as well, so it looks like it will be well worth your time putting some of this in the cellar.

Deep cherry in colour, the nose has great aromas of ripe cherry, a bit of mulberry, leather with some rosemary and sage.  Nice weight in the mouth, the tannins are fine and develop a nice texture with some air.  More ripe fruit in the mouth, dark cherry. After a couple of hours the palate really develops with liquorice and spice adding complexity.  Nicely balanced with a healthy shot of acid.  You could confuse this for a good, modern Rioja very easily.  90 Pts.

Source: Winery Sample RRP: $25 Closure: Screwcap


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  1. I had the 2003 Nepenthe tempranillo last night – lighter than the 2004 (already bricking a little), very much at the tannic pinot noir end of the tempranillo spectrum. Nepenthe’s corks are often apalling, with this one a third soaked through and splitting, but the wine was worth a look. Dave, I reckon you are on the money with giving these oaked Australian tempranillos time open or in the cellar. I’ve a couple more of these 2003’s and will look again in a year or so.

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