2005 MT Tempranillo

The Penguin good Australian wine guide 2007

“For sheer gluggability and hedonistic pleasure we loved this wine. Young it may be; straightforward it may be; unwooded, too; but it’s an object lesson in how to produce a delicious fruit-driven young red.”

Huon Hooke ‘Top 100 New Releases’, Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine, Oct/Nov 2006

Rating 90 A very enjoyable early-drinking red which is soft, round and balanced, with no excess of oak, tannin or alcohol – the grapes do the talking. Touches of jam and gun-smoke. Remarkably good drinking for such a youngster.

The Penguin good Australian wine guide 2007

MT stands for ‘minha terra’, an expression Portuguese vignerons use to describe their individual plots of vineyard, reflecting Dominic and Krystina Morris’s experience making wine in Portugal. The ‘terra’ in question here is their Pondalowie vineyard, near Bendigo.
Rating 92
A more-ish young wine, more successful than just about any Aussie tempranillo’s we’ve tasted. The colour is bright and youthful, and the nose has appetising aromas suggesting fleshy dark cherries and licorice. The makers see cola and sarsaparilla as well and we won’t argue – it certainly is different. The medium-weight palate is smooth with ripe falvours in a savoury ‘euro’ fashion. Drink it young with jamon and vegetable pastries.

Max Allen, Decanter Magazine “Undiscovered Wines, June 2007

This gorgeous, generous, warm-hearted red is arguably the truest varietal Australian expression yet of the great Spanish red grape; plush, blackcherry richness floods the mouth, lifted by an alluring, spiced fruit cake complexity. Delicious now – but also worth cellaring for a couple of years.

Huon Hooke, Decanter Magazine “Undiscovered Wines, June 2007

A lovely fruity, unwooded, early-drinking Tempranillo from an exciting young winery. Not only is it a lovely drink in its youth, it displays Tempranillo fruit unadorned, in all its glory.

Anthony Rose, The Independent (UK) (“Wine; Finding the perfect match.) 7 April 2007

“I put the distinctive, spicy Aussie 2005 Pondalowie MT Tempranillo through its paces with lamb chops, and its concentrated dark-cherry and plum fruitiness worked a treat.

Jane MacQuitty, The Times (UK) “Top 100 summer wines June 26, 2007

In her final instalment Jane MacQuitty pushes the boat out a lttle to bring you a glorious selection of 25 top-drawer wines for under £20 “Spain’s plummy tempranillo grape is a terrific new addition to Australia’s run of red wines, delivering some wonderful flavours and fruit. This elegant, scented, rose and blackcurrant pastille-licked red, with plenty of bright vibrant fruit is a case in point.

Ken Gargett, Q-Weekend – The Courier Mail, 10-11 February 2007

“An unwooded example of this famous Spanish grape and full of vibrancy. Mid-weight and perfect for youthful drinking.

Robin Powell, “Buy of the Week”, Who Weekly, February 19 2007.

If your lover is a red lover, surprise them with this on Valentine’s Day. Tempranillo is Spain’s gift the wine buffs and it’s still new to Australian vineyards, and tables. The Morrises of Pondalowie make on of our best, full of interesting, unexpected flavours. A great match with food.

Sally Gudgeon, Qantas Inflight Magazine “Top 40 Summer Wines, December 2006

Plantings of the Spanish grape tempranillo are growing rapidly in Australia. Pondalowie, near Bendigo, makes some of the most exciting versions. The MT has fragrant dark berry fruit and a supple and juicy palate. Serve slightly chilled with tapas.

Sunday LIFE Magazine ‘Top 90 Winter Wines’,
The Sunday Age and Sydney Morning Herald June 4, 2006

Winemakers Dominic and Krystina Morris are very skilled with lateral varieties such as Tempranillo. This vibrant, jubey example is a real taste of Spain with its pure aromas and flavours of dark cherry, plum and sarsparilla.

Food: Tapas Ageing: Drink now.

Dave Worthington, Tinto y Blanco, July 30 2006

I thought I had the latest release with the 04MT, but those clever people at Pondalowie have already put out the 05 MT. Of course I had to have a look at it straight away…Quite different in style to the 04, a lot less of the cola/sarsaparilla aspects but beautiful, silky tannins that give the wine a great texture. I’m not sure if the change is a stylistic change in the vineyard/winery or just vintage variation. Dark red fruits on the nose, herbs and spice with a bit of funk. Great texture and weight in the mouth with blackberry, dark cherry and a hint of pepper and spice. Quite a long finish. I don’t see a lot of acid here, but the great tannins are the main attraction. Different, but still very good.

Jamie Goode, The Wine Anorak, February 2006

Lovely vivid, pure fruit here. Juicy, rich, sweet red fruits dominate. Nice stuff and quite accessible. Very good!