Wrattonbully Vineyards Tempranillo 2006
Tempranillo from South Australia, Australia
The 2006 growing season was ideal, with good rains filling the soils, and combined with cool nights the vines set to a moderate, even crop. Harvest was early (March 11 & 17) with ripe grapes having full color, and an abundance of flavour and tannin balance. The wine has a deep magenta colour. The nose is intensely savoury, showing cedar, spiced plums and an earthy richness. Powerful fruit flavours open the palate with the spiciness of Tempranillo shining through. Perfect with paella or tapas.
"Tempranillo is the most distinguished Spanish indigenous variety, popping up all over Australia. Bright and clear, this offers a delicious, fresh and supple panoply of red fruits, spices and tannins, uncomplicated and seductive."
Wrattonbully Vineyards is an Estate established by the Hill Smith family in 1994. It is sited in the recently discovered region of Wrattonbully, a near-northern neighbour of Coonawarra within South Australia’s Limestone Coast. The vineyard site was chosen for its soil types (principally shallow red soils over limestone), undulating aspect and coolish, reliable climate. View all Wrattonbully Vineyards WinesLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviewscedralpass - San Francisco, CA45/10/2008Large and in charge wine. Dark Color. Spicy, big fruit, and earthy. smooth. we opened it 30 minutes before drinking. We paired it with a dish similar to Paella, a southern Jambalaya. onion, a small bit of ground pork, garlic, bay shrip, bell pepper, tomoato, and rice. Great pairing.Morgan Paul - Jackson, OH45/16/2008I'm really enjoying this varietal. And this from Wrattonbully really holds up nicely. Bold wine, great flavors. I plan on stocking up on this. Great value.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Light & Crisp
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Fruity & Smooth
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Rich & Creamy
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