2020 Las Piedras Tempranillo
Spanish for ‘the stones’, Las Piedras Tempranillo was handpicked from 52 Stones Vineyard, Ferguson Valley in Geographe. There is a juiciness about this fruit that lends itself to the Spanish Crianza wine style. Whole berries were fermented in open vats with the influence of wild yeast and hand plunging. Gently pressed, the wine was matured in seasoned French oak barriques for nine months, which were topped with stones to keep them full. A vibrant, beautifully fruited wine with supple distinct texture and fine tannins. Bottled on 28 January 2021.
95 Points – Jeni Port Wine Pilot
A blend of Tempranillo (98%) with 2% of Cabernet Sauvignon (clearly, it’s important to the big picture and hails from Margaret River), this feisty, joyous, delicious red is sourced predominantly from the Geographe region. It doesn’t get more lively, more punchy than this, with spice, black fruits, liquorice and earth; all the good things we love to see in the Tempranillo grape. It boasts an invigorating presence and is delicious; a glad to be alive kind of wine.
Young Guns of Wine Deep Dive: Australia’s Best Tempranillo
This made the top-six lists of Wren, Jones and Bicknell….
Bicknell saw “Spice and reds fruits on the nose. This wine is so beautifully fruited. It’s long and cool with an elegant texture and tannins on a palate of cherry, plum, nutmeg and a few cool forest notes. It’s so light on its feet, with real power behind the fruit. It’s not challenging, simply very delicious.”
Jones wrote “The ripe cherry on the nose, with additional brown sugar, had me expecting sweetness on the palate, and yet the savouriness that ensued was fabulously different. It was earthy, yet fleshy, with laurel leaf and touches of clove, highlighting the generosity of fruit. The wine maintains youthful freshness, while the rich savouriness at the end is mouth-wateringly impressive.”