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Tumbarumba Tempranillo

by Michael Bentley | August 18, 2015
Tumbarumba Tempranillo

Tempranillo is the grape variety that forms the backbone of some of the finest red wines of Rioja in Spain and the Douro Valley in Portugal. It has now found its home in many parts of Australia, especially in the higher altitude areas between 600 and 800 meters above sea level which resemble the best of conditions back in Europe. As plantings in Australia and of course ours in Tumbarumba increase in maturity this variety will continue grow in popularity due to its robust nature in the vineyard and produce wines of great structure and depth.

This intriguing grape variety is quite thick-skinned which accounts for the deep-coloured wines with soft tannins thus endearing it to older and new generations of wine drinkers alike. Tempranillo is often a difficult wine to distinguish in a “blind tasting” tasting line up, with its wide range of aromas ranging from strawberries, blackcurrants and cherries (typical with younger wines), to prunes, chocolate and tobacco (wines from slightly warmer areas and older vines).

Whilst new American oak in particular is the traditional choice of winemakers in Rioja, New World choices lend more to using higher proportions of French and seasoned oak barrels to allow Tempranillo’s fruit to be more obvious and to focus on more of the spice characters.

Tempranillo grapes are not known for their naturally high acidity, and thus shine brighter when grown in areas with hot, sunny days to allow its thick-skinned berries to ripen fully and cold nights to help them to retain their natural acid balance. The topography and climate in Tumbarumba makes it an ideal location to produce lively wines of medium body with great depth of flavour and beautiful structure. 

2014 Classic Series Tumbarumba Tempranillo

Grown in our Hesperia Vineyard on the outskirts of Tumbarumba this lovely medium bodied wine has a dark crimson red centre complete with the heady aroma of wild strawberries, plumbs, olives and a hint of dark chocolate. The muscular, yet soft palate shows the complex flavours of plumb and rhubarb with wonderful structure, ethereal tannins and generous length. This is a wine that drinks very well in its youth but will also reward careful cellaring for 5-7 years.

Try it with many foods including; jamon serrano prosciutto, smoked pork quesadillas, roast lamb or roast pumpkin, goats cheese and chorizo pizza.

Non-member
$36 per Bottle  | $216 per 6 pack

Member
$28.80 per Bottle  | $172.80 per 6 pack

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