2018 Dry Land Tempranillo
Originating in Spain, Tempranillo can be a challenging grape, classically ripening early in the vintage, with its’ name being derived from the Spanish temprano meaning ‘early’.
It requires a cool climate to allow development of the naturally low acidity, with a balance of a warm climate to ripen the fruit, darken the skins and increase the natural sugars. The Continental climate offered in the Clare Valley provides the warm days and cool nights needed for these vines to flourish assisted by the limestone soil profile.
A gentle touch in the winery with prolonged cold soaking, open fermentation, hand plunging and gentle pressing allows the fruit flavours to shine and are enhanced by careful French oak maturation.
Our sixth vintage release continues in the style of its award-winning predecessors with the characteristic flavour profiles of plum, dark berries, and stewed cherries that are layered with vanilla toffee, mocha, and tobacco flavours from the oak maturation. Soft tannins and lingering finish complete this delicate, fruit-driven wine.
This versatile wine complements a range of foods including Spanish style tapas, Mexican style tacos, and can also work well with richer style slow-cooked dishes.
Enjoy now or cellar until 2028.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
TROPHY & GOLD MEDAL @ 2019 RASQ Wine Show & Mediterranean Challenge
Dan Traucki, https://www.facebook.com/dan.traucki, 30th August 2020
"Attractive bouquet of plums & blackberries with a hint of meatiness, lashings of layered flavours featuring plums, stewed cherries, cigar box cedar & a hint of coffee along with firm tannins on the long, lingering finish. OUTSTANDING!!"
PREVIOUS VINTAGE AWARDS & ACCOLADES
GOLD MEDAL @ 2018 Clare Valley Wine Show
GOLD MEDAL @ 2018 RASQ Mediterranean Challenge
GOLD MEDAL @ 2018 Australian Small Winemakers Show
V13 // 92 POINTS, James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au
"Handpicked and sorted, open-fermented, cold soak, cultured yeast, 8 days on skins, matured in French Oak (33% new) for 18 months. Isn't daunted by the massively full-bodied Dry Land Shirazs in the Reilly's orbit, and avoids over-extraction. It is fully ripe and the full suite of cherry flavours fill the luscious palate and aftertaste."
V12 // 4 STARS Winestate Magazine
V11 // 92 POINTS, James Halliday
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