2012 Mount Majura Vineyard Tempranillo

The Tempranillo has become Mount Majura's signature wine ever since it was first harvested in 2003. The oldest vineyard in the Australian Capital Territory, Mount Majura enjoys a continental climate similar to Rioja and Ribera del Duero and its vineyard sites sit upon volcanic soils unique to the Canberra District. All the right conditions that winemaker Frank van de Loo says suit the variety and reveals the character of the terroir.  

From a cool, wet simmer the 2012 vintage is.a brooding, seductive beast. Bright crimson appearance, tightly bound at first then opens up with aromas of mint, black cherry and raspberry flavours, dried herbs and white pepper notes. The palate shows up varietal characters of ripe red current, cherry cola and earthy savouriness. Finely grained tannins wash across the tongue. Medium-bodied with a long, dark and savoury finish. Velvety texture and elegantly structured. Drink now to 2018.

Winemaker Frank van de Loo is one of the original members of TempraNeo, a collective of Tempranillo producers from six contrasting Australian regions who have been inspired by Spain's most widely distributed red variety and its potential to produce characterful versions in the Australian context.   

Source: Restaurant Wine List. Alcohol: 13.5%. Closure: Screwcap. Price: $42.00. Rating: 91 Points.

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