The 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