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Tempranillo

Altitude range

Fruit flavours combine with a savoury earthiness and subtle spice.

Tempranillo is well-known as the great grape of the famous Spanish Rioja wines. It was virtually unheard of in the Adelaide Hills before Nepenthe planted Tempranillo vines at Charleston in 1998. However it is remarkably well-suited to the region, as it ripens early, loves altitude and thrives in the cool climate conditions.

The grapes are crushed, de-stemmed and fermented in open tanks for 7 days. The wine is then pressed to tank and transferred to older French and American hogshead barrels. The finished wine delivers intense flavours of raspberry and blueberry fruit flavours combined with a savoury earthiness and subtle spice. The finish is complex, savoury and long.

 

Tasting notes
Press and Awards

Vintage 2014 – Double Gold
China Wine and Spirits Awards

Vintage 2014 – 92 points
James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2016

Vintage 2013 -94 points
James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2016

Vintage 2012 – Gold
Griffith Wine Show 2013

Vintage 2012 – Gold
Riverina Wine Show 2013

Vintage 2012 – TOP 20 Under $20
Money Magazines Top 20 2013

Vintage 2012 -TOP 40 Best Buys
Winestate Magazine May/June 2013

Vintage 2010 – TROPHY – ‘Best Gold Medal Winning Alternative Red Wine
Royal Queensland Wine Show 2011

Vintage 2010 – TROPHY -‘Other Dry Red Varietals and Blends’
National Cool Climate Wine Show 2011

Vintage 2010 – CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER
Winewise Feb 2012

Vintage 2010 – GOLD
National Cool Climate Wine Show 2011

Vintage 2010 – GOLD
Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2011

Vintage 2010 – TOP GOLD
Rutherglen Wine Show 2011

Vintage 2010 – GOLD
Riverina Wine Show 2011

Vintage 2010 – 95 POINTS
James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2013
“A simply excellent example of tasty young Tempranillo. The palate is lively and fine, zesty and long. Easy drinking with plenty of backbone.”

Goes well with

Roast lamb
Spanish tapas
Sheep’s milk cheese

Recipes

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