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Tempranillo continues to assert itself as one of the leading 'alternative' varieties in Australia, and Willow Bridge's 'Solana' Temp is always one of our fav's. It comes from a warmer part of Willow Bridge's Geographe estate and is definitely a fuller-bodied version of this Spanish sensation, but it pulls it off brilliantly. Dark, luscious and chewy but with balance and savoury complexity. 94 points from James Halliday, two Gold Medals and just a winner!
What it Tastes Like
"A full-bodied and expressive example of the variety, black fruits, anise, earth and a spicy kick lead to a chunky and punchy palate." - James Halliday
Gold Medal. - 2016 Royal Adelaide Wine Show Gold Medal. - 2016 Geographe Wine Show 94 points. "A full-bodied and expressive example of the variety, black fruits, anise, earth and a spicy kick lead to a chunky and punchy palate. Demands food." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) 94 points. "This has dusty forest berry pips and dark cherry pits. Soy and sapid smells too; brandied cherries, banana fritters. Massively powerful and chewy in the mouth but the chewy stuff mingles sweetly with chocolate and fruitcake. This has proper temp tannins." - Tim White (Australian Financial Review)
Estate grown from the spectacular hillside vineyard in the Ferguson Valley of the Geographe wine region, fruit is sourced from the Cameron block which was planted in 2009. Soil is typically a deep layer of ironstone gravelly loam over red and yellow friable clay with slight westerly aspects at elevations of 220 to 250m above sea level. Medium weight and a little exotic. Dark cherry and fruitcake characters play against savoury notes and chalky tannins – Tempranillo demands food. The winemaking is devoted to the unique characters of Tempranillo, enhancing a core of fleshy fruits able to sit comfortably within a rustic tannin framework. Tasting Note/Flavour Profile Lifted aromatics of Satsuma plum, dark cherry and mulberry. Sweet purple fruits over a savoury and rustic core. Flavours of dark satsuma plum, forest berries and dried salty herbs meandering to a chalky mineral finish. Cellaring Cellar confidently for up to 10 years
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2025
About the Producer
The leading winery in WA’s Geographe region, and were named last year as one of James Halliday’s Top 10 Dark Horse producers. They’re family owned and run, with all the wines coming from their own estate. They have an emphasis on high quality, great value and real individuality amongst their entire range.
Tempranillo is a hot-blooded Spanish variety that has found a happy home in many Australian wine regions. Typically, Tempranillo will be medium bodied, showing silky darker fruits and tannins riddled with exotic spices. The wines are more-ish and incredibly well suited to alfresco Australian dining. Unsurprisingly, Tempranillo is one of the country’s most popular emerging varieties and is set to have a big future on Australian shores.
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