Heirloom Vineyards Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2018 (RRP $40 WM $31.90)

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This Heirloom Vineyards Tempranillo was made from our best Adelaide Hills Vineyard near the Kuitpo Forest whose manicured old vines embody the very best in cutting edge, but old school viticulture and winemaking. Hand tended vines, sorted bunch by bunch with 30% whole bunches, naturally open fermented, basket-pressed and stored in well seasoned French oak barriques from bespoke coopers for 9 months before bottling.

The colour is dark red with purple hues. The wine has bright floral aromatics festoon a more brooding bouquet of blood and wet concrete, as Tempranillo should.

With pinot noir-like acidity and freshness, shiraz's earth and spice, and the sort of powdery tannins we invariably associate with cabernet, this 100% Tempranillo reminds us why this autochthonous Iberian red grape is so versatile and so food-friendly - and so loved.

An extraordinary Tempranillo from the Adelaide Hills that will cellar extraordinarily well but is so deliciously delicious now.  Argument for delayed gratification is almost academic.

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