2004 MT Tempranillo

Dave Worthington, Tinto y Blanco, July 20th 2006

Deep, dark red in colour. Dark cherry on the nose with nice animally complexity. Full of juicy, mouth coating fruit: blackberry, dark cherry and a sarsaparilla aspect that morphs into cola and florals with a bit of time in the glass. Nicely balanced with smooth tannins. The dry finish is a good length and leaves you wanting another sip. If I was served this blind, I’d think it was a joven from Toro in a hot year, its a just bit lower in acid than it’s Spanish mates. Muy bueno!

Matthew Jukes – The TOP 100 best Australian wines 2005, June 2005

“ I’ve held off weird varietals in Oz for ages, but my resistance is now futile, as MT is a charmer – black fruit, spice and leather combine to produce a honed, genial wine. ”

Nick Stock, The Adelaide Review, May 13-26, 2005

“ …This Pondalowie offering from Bendigo is one such wine with real intensity and juicy, chewy fruit. Dominic Morris has led the way boldly forth with this unwooded tempranillo. He is seeking an intense and delicious fruit-driven style that really stands out in the crowd. It has awesome colour – deep, deep purple – with loads of fragrance and red fruits with trademark cherry also. It’s also super rich in the mouth, densely coated with really ripe, sweet cherry-flavoured tempranillo fruit. The perfume wafts right through with a musky presence fading to a dry, chewy tannin finish. This style works well for Pondalowie. Lets hope that others also choose to explore it. There’s real potential. ”

The Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Journal, May-June, 2005

“ Very fragrant and dense red fruit aromas showing some aldehyde complexity. Stunning fruit concentration and tannin balance with fresh and untampered ripe cherry. Super rich, ripe, sweet fruit lifts to musky mouth perfume; soft and abundant. Fleshy fruits gently fade to a dry tannin finish. An excellent wine ”

Max Allen – The Weekend Australian, December 18-19, 2004

“ I reckon I’ve tasted at least 5000 wines over the past 12 months and I’ve written about hundreds of the most delicious ones on this page. Thinking back over the year, some clear highlights emerge….standout examples of non-mainstream red grapes tasted this year include the gorgeous 2004 Pondalowie MT Tempranillo. ”

Max Allen – The Weekend Australian, December 11-12, 2004

“ At such a young stage of it’s life, this full-bodied but unwooded red is almost too much of a good thing. Dripping with succulent black cherry, blood plum and an echo of sweet mint, it shows how at home the Tempranillo grape is in this vineyard near Bendigo. ”

Australia’s TOP 100 Wines Philip White –The Adelaide Advertiser Nov. 04

“ MT stands for Minya Terra, which is a Portuguese term Dominic and Krystina Morris learned during vintages there. It means terroir, and this Tempranillo has been spared oak to best showcase the terroir of its vineyard near Bendigo. The wine’s a tantalising mix of meaty tapas style flavours with zippy, juicy blackcurrant and raspberry fruits, gradually winding up with quite forceful tannins. 93 points. ”

Max Allen – The Weekend Australian, September 18-19, 2004

“ The delicious 2004 MT, an unoaked wine from Pondalowie Vineyards near Bendigo, (the 2003 is sold out, but the even better 2004 will be released by December)….has the quintessential succulent black cherry flavour that, for me, characterises the Tempranillo grape. ”