Bellwether Ant Series Tempranillo 2021
Wrattonbully as a region is part of the famous Limestone coast, which today is responsible for 20% of the total grapes grown in South Australia. The special Terra Rossa soil and its high diurnal temperature range makes it a perfect home for a lot of different grape varieties.
The Tempranillo comes from a vineyard planted in 2000 and is taken care of by Peter Bird. Sue is working together with the Wonambi Fossil Centre as they found some fossils in the vineyard about 10 years ago. The Tempranillo block is now a vineyard located on a “World Heritage Site Listing” and Sue provides access to vineyard for the museum to assist with their research.
Tempranillo as a variety has medium acidity and can drop acid very quickly if it is left on the vine for too long therefore picking time is crucial. Along with the free draining of the Terra Rosso soils, the warm days the cool nights provide ideal conditions for the variety and Sue works very closely with Peter to ensure the fruit is picked in the perfect ripeness window.
In the Tempranillo vineyard all grapes are handpicked and hand sorted. All berries are transported to the winery as whole berries. Intracellular fermentation kicks off the ferment in open top stainless fermenters, the juice then juice gets hand-plunged a few times a day, which at this point regular fermentation takes over and ferment is kept at medium temperatures. After fermentation the wine is transferred into old oak barriques to age for 6 months and is released a month later.
This Tempranillo has incredible aromas of chocolate, mint, Christmas cake and a Dr Pepper kind of cherry note. Amongst this there is a lovely earthiness that brings you back to the variety and the vineyard. It is very similar on the palate with a delicious bright and juicy cherry pop sensation and underlying tones of some earthiness and again mint chocolate. Soft and silky tannins make your mouth hunger for the second sip. A wine that is moreish and would go well with food but without it is an absolute treat.
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