Running With Bulls Tempranillo are leading the rush of Mediterranean varietals that can make exciting wine in South Australia’s soil and climate. Know to thrive in a range of conditions around the world, Tempranillo has an affinity with the Barossa region, where an ideal climate helps to showcase the stylish fruit flavours of this emerging variety. In 1999, after several study visits to Spain by Robert Hill-Smith and Louisa Rose, Tempranillo was grafted onto old Barossa rootstock. That experimental fruit whet the appetite and led to further plantings. Encouraged with the success of Tempranillo in the Barossa, the Hill-Smith family planted Tempranillo in their Wrattonbully vineyards in 2002. The vineyard site was chosen for its soil types (principally shallow red soils over limestone), undulating aspect andreliable climate. The grapes are grown with an emphasis on vineyard sustainability, and in the warm and dry conditions little intervention is needed. This results in a healthy and diverse population of natural microflora that piggybacks on the grapes into the winery and begins the natural fermentation. The results are the Australian interpretation of the native styles of Spain and Italy, expressing individual regional characters.
Very deep dark red black colour with dark red hue. Nosing reveals aromas of black cherries and liquorice as top notes followed by some toasty cedar and spice. The palate boasts generous ripe dark cherry and dark plum flavours which overlay some toasty oak with a touch of spice on the finish. Very fine grained tannins with aftertaste of ripe dark cherries, toasty oak and spice.