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McLaren Vale is making a real fist of Tempranillo, and these lighter ‘joven’ inspired styles seem to really be a sweet spot for the region and the grape.
This delicious example comes from Hither & Yon’s own vineyards, and sees no oak on its way to bottle, resulting in a fresh, vibrant style that really leaps out of the glass.
93 points from Mike Bennie, and just a delicious, food-friendly red!
What It Tastes Like
“Fresh, juicy black cherries, violet floral, five spice, chocolate. Super juicy and moreish! There is blackberry, pepper, cocoa, earth in the soft palate, lithe and lively with a hint of chewiness on the finish. Not too sweet or dry, refreshing.” - Hither & Yon
93 points. “This is Tempranillo marching to its own beat. Neither joven nor Riserva, it’s a slurpy, slippery, medium weight thing that shows choc-cherry and anise characters in perfume and flavours, lushness of fruit and a lightly sandy finish. It’s seriously great drinking and could take a light chill too.”
- Mike Bennie (WBM Magazine)
2013 vintage: 93 points. “It’s super-jubey, but with a good whack of tannins and pepper to close which makes the wine that much more compelling. Great style here. Should be more of it.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Place: Old Jarvie Vineyard, Rifle Range Road, McLaren Vale. Growers Ian and Ann Leask, Richard and Malcolm Leask. The Tempranillo (3.2 hectares) was established in 2010, and clones are D5V12/13. It is hand spur pruned, two-wire vertical, single cordon. Geology sub region is Kurrajong landslide, Talus Slope, Kurrajong Formation. The soil here is reddish brown clay with breccia containing quartzite and siltstone from the nearby westerly sloping foothills. This site is 170m above sea level, higher rainfall than average for the region, and has mid to late season ripening characteristics.
Viticulture: The fast 2015 vintage was heavily influenced by the Spring of 2014, where we had early and rapid flowering. It was basically warm and dry after that—fortunately some heavy rains came towards the end of January; which freshened the vines back up again, while our cool breezy evenings in McLaren Vale kept the canopies nice and dry, and the fruit clean. Intense heat in February followed bringing on an early start to vintage and it did not abate, finishing one month earlier for us than last year, well before Easter.
We think vintages like this highlight the health of our vineyards, and the ability to produce excellent quality fruit in very tough conditions. Generally the wines we made had higher acidity than normal, lighter in fruit richness, with lovely lifted florals and natural tannins to match. Naturally, we are happy to see the end of vintage 2015 but the wines will endure nicely and cellar really well.
Winemaking: We handpicked two batches, for our 2015 Tempranillo. The first batch (88% of wine) was delivered to the winery February 19 where it was then gently de-stemmed and crushed, a cold soak taking place for 5 days. Fermentation was for 8 days, lightly pressed to tank where the free run juice and pressings were combined. The second pick (12% of wine) took place on March 3, whole berries and 20% of whole bunches were added to an open top fermenter, which was left to ferment for 16 days. Following gentle pressing, the two parcels were then added together in tank, meshing together for 13 weeks prior to bottling. Bottling completing the process on July 24 and sealed under Stelvin screw cap.
Colour: Dark purple with purple hue.
Aroma: Blackberry bush, forest floor, brown earth.
Palate: Fresh, juicy black cherries, violet floral, five spice, chocolate. Super juicy and moreish! There is blackberry, pepper, cocoa, earth in the soft palate, lithe and lively with a hint of chewiness on the finish. Not too sweet or dry, refreshing.
Food Match: Mexican is a good match for young Tempranillo, mix it up with different types of soft shell Tortillas filled with prawns or pork with tomato salsa, goats cheese fresh leaves, squeeze of lime.
Cellaring: We make this wine to drink while young, it’s a great Spring/Summer red.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Hither & Yon
Hither & Yon is one of the most exciting new producers we’ve come across. Owned by brothers Richard and Malcolm Leaske and based in McLaren Vale, Hither & Yon crafts a unique range of wines from varying sites within McLaren Vale each year. The philosophy being to ideally match variety, vineyard and vintage and then minimally intervene with the wines to allow them to truly express themselves.
The South Australian region of McLaren Vale is famous for its powerful red wines. Shiraz and Grenache have thrived for years in the Vale’s sandy soils. Nowadays, the region’s varietal diversity has majorly increased, the coastal location and warm climate proving perfect for a new wave of varieties from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The success of varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, and Fiano has transformed McLaren Vale into one of the country’s most vibrant wine scenes. It’s where tradition meets innovation and it is producing some of the Australia’s finest wines.
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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