Australia’s Best Tempranillo
Tempranillo is unarguably Spain’s most recognisable variety, forming the bedrock of that country’s most famous red wines. It is also a grape that has seen explosive global growth, with more Tempranillo planted since 2000 than any other variety, and by a big margin. In Australia, it has made a modest but meaningful mark, but with limited genetic vine material, the potential for the grape is exponentially bigger, and with new clones now online, a Deep Dive into Australian Tempranillo is called for.
“There is a purity on the nose here,” wrote Vercoe, giving this a top-six finish. “Blue and black fruits come directly with a briar savouriness. The glycerol mouthfeel gives you comfort while being held to account by a blackcurrant and quandong tart acidity
. There are wild thyme, anise and clove spice notes and a green leaf – almost rocket – bite that adds complexity and interest. On the finish, the ashen tannin
appears and sings harmoniously with the dark fruits and wild herbs, showing a mastery in balance