Alternative Range - Clare Valley Tempranillo 2014


Alternative Range - Clare Valley Tempranillo 2014


Region - Auburn, Clare Valley, South Australia

Vineyards - The fruit for this wine was sourced from Auburn, at the Southern end of Clare Valley. Grown on deep red soil with exposed mid rows and a single spur canopy.

Growing Conditions - Adequate winter rains followed by a warm August / September set the vintage for near perfect conditions. The vineyards maintained good shoot length, canopy coverage and bunch numbers. A January heatwave nearly undid all the great lead up work until 90mm of rain fell and slowed the ripening down. The result was excellent growing conditions that led to fantastic wine.

Winemaking - All parcels were picked and cold soaked on skins for three days prior to fermentation. Each parcel was fermented separately in static fermenters with regular pump overs and drain and returns to maximise the extraction of colour, flavour and tannins from the skins. The resultant wines were pressed off after five days on skins to a mix of older French and American oak for a period of ten months. The separate parcels were then blended to achieve a balance of flavours and to create the best blend that represents Clare Valley.

Winemakers tasting notes - Crimson red in colour, this wine is lifted with a pretty perfumed fragrance of lavender and dried fig. Hints of tobacco leaf and dried flowers linger on the background. The palate is savoury and yet silky, long and seductive. The fruit is soft and juicy and is packed full of enticing flavours such as plum and rhubarb with hints of nougat in perfect unison. The palate finishes with soft acidity and succulent fine grained tannins that give the wine length and beautiful structure.  

A drink now style of wine, however careful cellaring of 4 – 8 years will be rewarded.

Analysis - pH 3.53 | Alc.13.5 % | TA 7.4g/l

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