Sourced from one of the finest vineyards in Young, NSW, in the heart of the Hilltops region, at an elevation of around 600m.
Tempranillo is widely grown in Spain and underpins most of its finest wines, including those from the iconic regions of Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Structurally, Tempranillo shares much in common with the famous Bordeaux variety, Cabernet Sauvignon. However its fruit favours speak more to red berry and cherry cola characters and often carry a savoury note.
Our Hilltops Tempranillo is packed full of rich, spicy red fruit with a savoury undertone. It is ripe and full flavoured with fine, tannins and a long fleshy finish.
The fruit was sourced from Moppity Vineyard, block M14 and was picked late March at 13.3 be.
After picking, the fruit was crushed and destemmed into open top fermenters, where a warm even fermentation took place. Once pressed the wine was transferred to a mixture of 2-3 year old French oak barriques for 9 months.
Though drinking beautifully now, this fine wine will gain further complexity and interest over the next 3-5 years.
An ideal match for roasted vegetables, cured and barbecued meats, spicy pizza and tomato-based sauces.
Awards and Reviews
“Youthfully charming and delightfully fragrant, the bouquet shows sweet raspberry, dark plum, vanilla, hazelnut and mixed spice aromas on the nose, leading to a succulent palate that is supple and fleshy. The wine is elegant and generous at the same time, backed by plenty of polished tannins. At its best: now to 2023.” – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (Five Stars, 94/100)
“This is just lovely. Perfect for drinking, and the price is spot on too. Cherry-berry flavours, a lick of spice, excellent shape and a general impression of polish. Bang on. Buy. Drink. Recommended.” – Campbell Mattinson, WineFront (92/100)
“The colour is relatively light, although bright, as befits a wine of no more than 18 months standing. There is more to the wine on the palate than I expected, even if tempranillo is best grown in a cool climate such as this. The flavours cover the sweet cherry spectrum, the virtual absence of tannins making it ready to go.” – James Halliday (91/100)
Bronze Medal, Royal Sydney Wine Show 2019
Silver Medal, NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show 2019
Silver Medal, Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2019
Silver Medal, Canberra & Region Wine Show 2019
Silver Medal, Australian Highlands Wine Show 2019
Silver Medal, Australia & New Zealand Wine Show 2019
Bronze Medal, National Wine Show of Australia 2019