Normally we make two styles of Tempranillo: a light, juicy, red fruited and spicy style of Tempranillo from our own vines here in Bowral (Winery Block Tempranillo); and a more robust style (Reserve Tempranillo) with significantly more ripeness and weight from Central Ranges, NSW (Ben and James Crossings’ Angullong vineyard, at 660m altitude).
This is the same vineyard that supplies our Reserve Shiraz, Shiraz Viognier, Barbera. You can see the warm, sunny vineyard climate in these wines, however the 660m elevation allows an elegance to shine through.
The complex nose reveals aromas of cola and meat alongside ripe dark fruits and spice. The palate has great richness and ripeness, with the typical lush fruit and structure we get from this vineyard. There is a bit more fruit purity this year.
The Tempranillo tannins are there, but this vintage they are very ripe and silky. Overall, this is a thoroughly delicious red to tempt those die-hard Shiraz drinkers. This wine will gain even more harmony in time – put 6 in the rack and try one each 6 months. Great with roast beef and lamb. Drink now to 2029.