2020 McLaren Vale Tempranillo
Bright aromatics of cherry and red berries with hints of spice. The palate is a little more generous and leans towards blue fruits with blackberries, warm spice and an earthiness that gives the wine a savoury profile. The tannins are fine grained and persistent, supported by a juicy acidity.
2020 was a challenging year and a challenging vintage. A very hot and dry spring and some very strong winds over flowering lead to shorter shoot length and poor fruit set which meant lower yields overall. McLaren Vale was very lucky avoid the bushfires and smoke taint from the fires in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island. After a bumpy start, the ripening season ended up being relatively cool and extended with the resultant fruit showing great concentration of flavour and lovely bright natural acidity.
The fruit for this wine comes from a vineyard in the Tatachilla sub-region of McLaren Vale on loamy sand over light clay. The vineyard sits at approximately 73m above sea level. Vines are trellised with a single cordon.
Fruit was crushed and chilled to a stainless steel open fermenter for a 4 day cold soak then underwent a 100% wild fermentation. The wine was fermented to sugar dry on skins then basket pressed 3 days after alcoholic fermentation had finished when the structure of the wine felt balanced and complete. Once pressed the wine was racked off gross lees to old French oak puncheons for malolactic fermentation and maturation. Wine remained in barrel for 8 months. No fining, vegan friendly.
Smoked lamb cutlets with polenta and roasted cherry tomatoes
REGION: McLaren Vale, South Australia
SOIL: Loamy sand over light clay.
TA: 5.9 g/L
Awards & Reviews:
Wine Orbit - Sam Kim - 93 Points
“Delightfully ripe and fragrant, the bouquet shows dark plum, warm spice, toasted nut, game and floral aromas. The palate delivers succulent fruit flavours and plump mouthfeel, well supported by silken texture and polished tannins. Upfront and soothing with plenty of tasty flavours. At its best: now to 2026.”