Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Samuel's Gorge Tempranillo 2010

The home of Tempranillo is definitely in Spain but you do see some popping up in the Vales in South Australia which got me thinking what temperature difference is there during the critical months during vintage.  The average January temperature in McLaren vale is 23.2 degrees Celsius while the average July temperature for Rioja in Spain sits firmly at 22.2 degrees Celsius which suggests that Tempranillo might be a perfect fit for the region. 

Samuel's Gorge Tempranillo 2010

Justin McNamee has been producing this variety for a fare while now and consistently makes one of the best in Australia. The 2010 version is a little dirtier and mustier than normal which moves it into a more elegant and funky style with a hell of a load of interest. There are elements of cherry cola, smoked licorice and lamb korma sitting on a medium bodied frame with soft and silky tannins underneath. These tannins are in perfect proportion to the flavours and they provide an additional succulence to the wine. This is definitely a birthday gift style of wine that would bring a smile to the recipients face. Better still buy yourself a gift.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $35
Rated: 90
Drink: 2014 - 2020 

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