A clear, medium, ruby wine with pale rim and few, thick tears evident. Medium intensity nose clean and developing with red berry fruits, savouriness, cedar and a hint of white pepper.
Dry with medium+ smooth tannins, medium acid and medium+ alcohol (14%). A medium bodied wine with medium finish and flavours of red berry fruit (cherry) and oak characteristics (vanilla) on the palate.
This is a very good wine (92 points), mid-priced ($23) and will drink now, but may improve into 2020. Some decanting may help as it definitely opened up after a few minutes in the glass.
This wine will complement food perfectly especially the richer, meatier dishes and cured / smoked foods. An obvious match would be Spanish food like chorizo and jamon but it would equally pair roast lamb and Italian foods.
Fun facts: Tempranillo is the fourth most planted grape in the world although we only have just over 700 hectares under vine in Australia. If you have ever had a Rioja then you would have had Tempranillo as it normally comprises 60%+ of the blend.
A clear, medium, ruby wine with tears evident. Medium intensity nose clean and developing with smoke and savoury aromas somewhat overpowering the blackberry fruit and plum.
Dry with medium+ acid, medium+ alcohol (14%) and medium silky tannins. A medium bodied wine with medium finish and flavours of plum and sour cherry, but hard to find under the smoke and tar nose. Not unpleasant, just different.
This is a good wine (90 points) but will benefit from decanting to lift the fruit a bit. Mid-priced and for drinking now, may improve until 2017.
The acid and tannin profile, in combination with the nose, will suit meat based dished from charcuterie through to hams and even heavier dishes like osso bucco.
A clear, deep, purple wine. A medium intensity nose clean and developing with a black fruit, cassis, hint of smokiness and dried herbs.
Dry on the palate with medium+ acid, alcohol (14%) and tannins. Medium+ body, flavour and finish. So pretty consistent in that medium+ range. I thought that the acid slightly overpowered the balance of the wine (youth?) and the alcohol was clearly evident in the finish. Blackberry through and through, perhaps a hint of dark chocolate.
This is a good wine (90 points) that integrates the Bordeaux varietals well and offers value for money in the mid-priced range (ZAR 119 but around AUD 25 locally). Can drink it now but it has the potential for aging 10 to 15 years.