Awarded the CONSISTENCY OF EXCELLENCE Medal – Gold medals awarded to 3 consecutive vintages; 2014, 2015 & 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2017
Awards & Accolades: 94pts Sam Kim – 2 Gold Medals
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- Vintage: 2016
- Region: Hilltops
- Variety: Tempranillo
- Bottle Size: 750ml
- Case Size:12
About: The Hilltops wine region has a high diurnal temperature range (warm days /cool nights), which works really well for a variety like Tempranillo, that can have a relatively short growing cycle. Tempranillo has a fast bud burst and then ripens very quickly. The high diurnal temperature stretches out the growing season, resulting in wines that are brighter, fresher and more complex.
Viticulture: 2016 was another bountiful and high quality vintage. Fruit ripened easily and evenly and maintained really good natural acidity. There was zero disease pressure. The biggest challenges were to keep yields down and provide shade for the fruit. Several thinning passes were made throughout the growing season to reduce the yield and encourage canopy cover.
Wine making: The fruit was cold soaked pre fermentation and matured in 2-5 year old French oak barrels for 9 months.
Tasting Notes: A bright, lifted nose of savoury cherry, dusted cocoa and spice. This is a bold, deliciously juicy, joven-style Tempranillo. The palate is bright and rich with generous black cherries laced with layers of spice. Unashamedly fruit focussed, this medium weight red is impeccably balanced with flavours that are dark & deep but fresh & bright. Finely grained, supple tannins with a hint of cocoa on the finish.