Willunga 100 Mclaren Vale Tempranillo 2014



Aromatics of black cherry, sweet plum and hints of all spice are evident, whilst the palate is a little more serious with blackberries, spice and an earthiness that gives the wine a savoury note. The tannins are persistent and promote great length, backed up by a balanced acid structure.

Not unlike the Rioja, McLaren Vale has a Mediterranean like climate dominated by warm days and cooler nights from the sea breeze influence of the nearby Gulf of St Vincent. Tempranillo is a relatively new variety in the region, fruit for this wine comes from the Bayliss road vineyard which has some of the oldest Tempranillo vines, planted 15 years ago, on sandy soils.

Despite a few heat events and a lack of rain in January, McLaren Vale ended up having a gentle ripening period and near perfect conditions for flavour development, thanks to welcome rain and moderated temperatures in February, which freshened up the vines and allowed the grapes  to ripen in a steadily pattern.

The Tempranillo was harvested in March, de-stemmed, crushed and fermented in an open-top fermenter. Warm fermentation temperatures combined with regular pumpovers to start with, and then plunging as fermentation slowed, ensured a balance of tannin extraction whilst still maintaining the desired delicate lifted aromatics and depth of fruit. A portion of the wine was then matured in older French oak to add balance and complexity, but not override the lifted spiciness desired from this variety.

Willunga 100 Mclaren Vale Tempranillo 2014
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