Lady Bay Vineyard
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Due to naturally low acidity, Tempranillo is often blended with other varieties in its homeland of Spain to make the famous wines of Rioja. It is also often adjusted in the winery to conform to the usual technical parameters of other red wines as it often appears deceptively unbalanced in comparison. Not so with ours – although the winemaking stats were indeed non-conformist, our experienced Winemaker is familiar with the rebellious nature of Temp and encouraged its wicked behavior with a minimal intervention strategy.
The result is an Awesome Tempranillo (also known at the winery as F.A.T. – an acronym for exactly how awesome it is). It was a surprise to all involved that this feral little block of vines - our 2010 vintage ‘Play thing’, turned out to be such a cracker of a wine so early.
The wine is complex – dark and brooding, plump with rich fruit flavour and garnished with herb and earthy characters –
"Like Pinot Noir on steroids" (according to our Winemaker)
– which is not a stretch – it’s believed to be the genetic offspring of Pinot Noir and introduced to Spain by French monks.
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