Monday, 10 November 2014

Mayford Wines Tempranillo 2013

Tempranillo is a tough variety to work with for a couple of reasons. One, Australia is only just finding out where it needs to grow, we are only just getting access to quality clones and it takes a while to work out how to grow the thing well.  Mayford have been having a go for a while now and they are quality focused.

There vines are situated near the Ovens River and the grapes received a cold soak before they were allowed to warm up and ferment wildly. All very hands on practises.

Mayford Wines Tempranillo 2013

There is a lovely pepperiness to this wines that is beautiful before the normal savoury earthy cherry and wave of all types of spices kicks in. My notepad ran out so all I have down is cumin, black pepper, fennel seed and paprika but you get the gist. The tannins are light, bright and fluffy which adds length and texture. My only hold back is the alcohol that comes through on the back palate. That said it is the best Australian Tempranillo that I have tried and compared to the Spanish is rather cheap.

Alcohol: 14%
Price: $36
Rated: 93
Drink: Now - 2023


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