Dry River Tempranillo 2013

When following the tradition of this Spanish variety, this wine would be classified as a “Reserva”; one year in barrel and two years in bottle prior to release.  With this delay, the evolution of the tannins certainly benefitted by embedding them more in the general profile of the wine and improve their integration.  We decided with the release of this Tempranillo, to postpone the offer of our 2014 Syrah.

The colour is deep red with a ruby hue.  First impressions of coffee, mocha, and dark chocolate hint for a wine with high extract and ripeness.  This is supported by Doris plums, Port-like characters and cocoa powder, with cassis adding fresh appeal. 

The real benefit of the 2013 vintage lay in a very long autumn, allowing for perfect ripening of the skins, seeds and stems before picking.  This reflects in the tannins also, these are soft and detailed, widely spread over the palate and intricately woven in with the fruit characters.  Once in the mouth the textural impression of the wine is that it evolves from the middle of the palate outwards, with the acidity retracting the wine back towards the mid again – a dynamic experience.  Dark fruits are working simultaneously with the tannins creating a deep and cushion like finish. Further maturation of three to five years will benefit this wine.

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Dry River Tempranillo 2013