XO Wine Co. Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2020 (RRP $32 WM $27.90)

Deep purple, magenta hue.

Intensely aromatic fresh satsuma plums, blackberries and raspberries are supported by wild thyme with hints of savoury oak spice.

Purity of fruit follows through to the palate with plums and red fruits. The palate is rich and juicy, yet savoury at the same time with integrated oak spice. Good linear acidity backbone with subtle velvety tannins are met with generous fruit weight and persistence and fresh fruit on the finish.

Wine Analysis
Alcohol: 14.0% pH: 3.52 TA: 6.8

Sourced from a single vineyard in Kenton Valley on a subtle north facing slope planted in red loam managed with strict VSP vine training. The site produces wines with elegant and pure fruit characteristics with structure and body.

Handpicked and delivered directly to the winery. 10% Whole bunches were added to half tonne open fermenters before the remaining volume was destemmed only. The ferment began fermentation wildly before being innoculated with a varietal enhancing yeast isolated from the Rhone Valley. The ferment was plunged twice daily for 14 days. Pressed off skins directly to a three year old French Hogshead for secondary ferment then left on lees, stirring monthly while maturing in barrel for 6 months then left on lees for the remaining 3 months before being racked and hand bottled at the Estate.

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