Tempranillo is a Spanish grape variety known to produce wines of great concentration and ability to age. The name itself makes reference to the Spanish word for early (temprano) presumably for its ability to ripen early. Dry River is well known for doing things differently and not shying away from experimentation. We have a small planting of this variety behind the vineyard sheds at Craighall. This is our first release of Tempranillo and our first new wine since the 2006 Viognier.
In style the wine sits between our Pinot noir and Syrah. Beautiful aromatic characters of lifted florals and dark fruit, nuances of cigar box and eucalypt complete the tapestry. The young wine shows intricate and lacy tannins sitting snugly within dense fruit. After three vintages, Tempranillo is now fully accepted into the Dry River family and we are very enthusiastic about the potential of this variety. With a tannin profile not unlike Cabernet sauvignon, we see this wine developing with grace in the cellar.
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