2003 MT Tempranillo

Max Allen,  The Weekend Australian Magazine, July 8-9 2006

“…At the cellar door recently, I tasted all the wines and was again impressed by the general standard.  These are dense, firm but elegant reds, with that unmistakable central-Victorian eucalypt twang….  The highlight, though, was a mini-retrospective of the $24 MT (it stands for minya terra, Portuguese for my earth) Tempranillo.  Even though this is made as a fruit-driven, unwooded red for early drinking, the 2003 was holding up superbly.  The abundant sweet-minty, nutmeggy aromatics that were there when it was young (and are there again in the 2005 vintage) have morphed into a complex perfume of warm, spiced raisin toast, while the succulent cherry fruit is showing no sign of fading…”

Scott Wasley – Divine Food and Wine Magazine

“ Among the first properly varietal Tempranillos seen in Oz – both a successful drink and a true representation of the variety. Unsurprisingly, winemaker and co-owner (with wife Krystina), Dominic Morris works extensively with the variety in his other job, as contract winemaker to Quinta do Crasto in Portugal’s Douro Valley. Unwooded, open fermented and finished in stainless steel, It’s all deep succulent cherry and sarsaparilla with fine white chocolate and earth notes. The juicy fruit is cut by very fine, well-defined fruit tannins. Deep and tight with a fresh, crunchy, alive feeling on the finish. Bargin! ”

Philip White – The Adelaide Advertiser, February 2004

“ Like the best Tempranillos of Spain, it smells like freshly polished black leather as much as intense ripe berries and its modest alcohol and complete lack of oak have kept clear our view of the wine’s elegantly dark heart. 91 points ”

James Halliday 2005 Wine Companion – 90 points

“ Brilliant colour; aromatic, perfumed, sweet fruit aromas and flavours; very fine soft tannins. Impressive. ”

Also reviewed by:

Simon Woods – WINE Magazine, December 2003
Ralph Kyte-Powell – The Age Epicure, 9 Dec, 2003 (Wine of The Week)
Campbell Mattinson – Winefront Monthly, Dec 2003 (91 points)