Specials 2017 LaBise Adelaide Hills Tempranillo

2017 LaBise Adelaide Hills Tempranillo

2017 LaBise Adelaide Hills Tempranillo
Nick Bulleid MW's Tasting Note

James Halliday 92 points

Background
Tempranillo is now the most widely planted wine grape in the world. It is a relatively recent arrival in Australia, so we are pleased to have found a great example as BackVintage’s first listing.

Although it thrives through most parts of its native Spain, it can be a challenging grape to grow.

All the same, in a good regional environment and in the skilled hands of Natasha Mooney the result is beautiful.
Winter and Spring saw near-record rainfall in the Adelaide Hills, but March was dry – fortunate for the final ripening. Autumn was mostly cool, and vintage the latest for several years.

The grapes came from a single vineyard at Kersbrook and were picked on 23rd March 2017. After a four day fermentation the wine was matured for three months in large format oak barrels.

Colour
Moderately deep purple.

Nose
Fresh, sweet, fruits – blueberry, a hint of raspberry – with aromatic spices.

Structure / Palate
Medium bodied and supple, with plenty of flesh on the mid-palate. Juicy, almost lush fruit flavours with a fine cut of lightly firm tannin.

This wine combines Tempranillo’s characteristic plump palate with fine, firm tannins.
It is a ready now and will gain complexity into 2020. It’s delicious with all red meat dishes, pasta or a full-flavoured paella.

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James Halliday 2019 Wine Companion review:
"Made to reflect the early ripening nature of tempranillo in a fruit-forward style without alcohol ripeness. Excellent colour, well made, with ample red and black cherry fruit, attractive tannins and a fine-spun savoury finish. No need for excuses or qualifications here."
92 points. Drink to 2023.

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Bottle Size 750ml
Bottle Closure Screwcap
Alcohol 13.9%
Cellaring Potential 2020+
Unit Size Bottle
Vegan Yes
Food Suggestion Delicious with all red meat dishes, pasta or a full-flavoured paella.
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