2008 ‘Special Release’ Tempranillo

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – Tasted 1 Mar 2011

Rating 93/100

Strong, deep colour; the most powerful and concentrated tempranillo I have yet encountered from Australia; prior to 18 months in old French oak must have been a monster; as it is, the wine needs another five years in bottle before it approaches what will be a long plateau for its dark berry/black cherry fruits and firm tannins. It’s ace in the hole is its balance.

Screwcap. Alc: 13.5%. Drink by: 2028.

Max Allen, Gourmet Traveller Wine, “Best Buy Wines – Wines to Cellar”, October-November 2011

The Tempranillo grape has an affinity with oak and patience.  The best examples of Spanish tempranillo are treated to a long oak slumber before bottling – in older barrels for the traditional styles, younger barrels for the new-wave styles.  This top local temp from Bendigo is oozing classy, toasty, savoury oak at the moment, as well as intense, pitch-black fruit, and while the wine is in balance, a few years in the cellar will see those grape and wood elements integrate more completely.