2018 Tempranillo Adelaide Hills
Tempranillo grapes are well suited to the Adelaide Hills region. They ripen early, love altitude and thrive in cool climate conditions. The grapes were fermented in open tanks for ten days, then pressed and transferred to French oak barrels for 1 year. The finished wine delivers contrasting flavours. Deep crimson in colour this wine is best described as a “big bold” Spanish style red.
PRODUCT OF AUSTRALIA
14.3% ALC/VOL - 8.3 STANDARD DRINKS
2018 TEMPRANILLO ADELAIDE HILLS HAS BEEN AWARDED:
2019 KPMG SYDNEY ROYAL
#1 Top of the class! - 95 points
Judges Comments: "Very solid Class. The 2018 wines shone with their brightness and vitality. Top wine had depth of fruit with judicious use of oak."
2019 AUSTRALIAN SMALL WINEMAKERS SHOW
#1 Top of the class! - 56 points
2019 NATIONAL WINE SHOW OF AUSTRALIA
2019 NATIONAL COOL CLIMATE WINE SHOW
Judges Comments: "Some earthy and savoury spice.. black pepper and dark cherry.. good mouth coating and fresh, medium weight." "Subdued nose, cherry fruits, grippy tannin" "Nice simple red fruits, good structure, simple but nice drink."
JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION REVIEW:
Tempranillo - Adelaide Hills | SILVER 91/100
Macerated for 10 days before transfer to older French wood for a year of maturation. A large-framed wine that is as pulpy, grapey and joyous as it is astringent and twiggy across the finish. This said, it is among the better renditions of this grape in Australia and I have faith that the components will meld in time. Dark fruit allusions, anise and violet.
This unique label by Benjamin Aitken is the inaugural edition of the Side Gate seris by our winemaker, Josef Orbach. This label was born out of love for two things: A passion for traditional Spanish-style reds, and the wonder of sharing great art.