I spent a fantastic year living in Spain in my youth and the chance to try my own interpretation of this classic style gives me a thrill. We picked the Tempranillo quite early to capture some sour red cherry/ cranberry characters which in my mind are the perfect foil for some lovely old bush vine Garnacha. Monastrell, Bastardo and Tinta Amerilla fill out the back palate but the main focus of this wine is juicy red fruits and bright flavours. Barossa Pinot in a way this is a great food wine for matching with todays fresh flavours, like a red wine with your chicken/fish? This is it, paella is a natural combo. Soft tannin structures mean on a warm day you can take it out of the wine rack and pop it in an ice bucket while you drink it, ahh lovely.
Colour: Bright crimson magenta
Aroma: Meat, spice, red fruits, fresh, fresh, fresh
Palate: Lots going on, I like the frission of sweet Grenache vs. sour Tempranillo, clean fruits and then there is that lovely flood your gums textural element that rounds everything out.
Summary: If you have ever been in the middle of the joyous riot that erupts when Barca has beaten Real Madrid or sat and laughed at a bunch of yobbos elbowing each other out of the way running down a fenced street without a bull in sight you will understand what this wine is all about.
Region: 100% Barossa Valley, South Australia
Variety: 45% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha, 8% Monastrell, 5% Bastardo 2% Tinta Amerilia
Minimal sulphites 59ppm
Alcohol / Vol: 12.8%