2011 Mount Majura Vineyard TSG Tempranillo Shiraz Graciano

Rioja varieties Tempranillo (43%) and Graciano (16%) team up with a 41% Shiraz component to make up this unique and exciting blend. From elevated vineyards and reportedly from a difficult harvest, this  
is a wine of surprising complexity and class. 

An attractive light crimson red colour with a fragrant bouquet of black plum, cherry cola, pepper and sweet spice. Light to medium bodied. Fleshy red and black fruits form the luscious core and there are some mineral notes, which I like. Fine grained, supple tannins provide support and lead to a long silky finish. 

Soft, spicy and generous, this is a deliciously savoury wine that could easily take an ice bath and still drink beautifully. This is Mount Majura's fourth vintage of this intriguing blend and definitely a wine to watch in the future. Try with tapas or mezze dishes. A Qantas Business Class wine. Highly Recommended.

Source: Winery Sample. Alcohol: 13.0%. Closure: Screwcap. Price: $30.00. Rating: 93 Points.

2012 Mount Majura Vineyard Graciano

A variety used largely in Rioja blends, playing a minor component to its more illustrious amigo Tempranillo, Graciano is native to this northern regions of Spain but is also found in the southern Jerez region.  
Its disadvantages are its low yielding, late ripening capacity and susceptibility to downy mildew, which may explain why it hasn't really taken off in Australian vineyards as other newer red imports have over recent times. 

The seventh vintage of this popular variety from the trailblazing Canberra winery Mount Majura comes from a cooler growing season. 

Dark ruby red, almost purple colours. Wild and brooding nose of lifted fresh blackcurrant, roses, spicy licorice and briary aromas. This light to medium bodied wine offers a smooth Merlot-like texture of ripened mulberries, bitter chocolate notes and fine graphite tannins. Additionally, bright acidity a hallmark of the variety keeps things light, holding the wine throughout its journey. Lingering savoury finish. Better on the second night. 

A rich wine that should age well into the short to mid-term but it needs a bit of air time in a big glass to appreciate the nuances. I like the rustic, old world character to this distinctive, food-friendly variety.

Source: Winery Sample. Alcohol: 12.0%. Closure: Screwcap. Price: $25.00. Rating: 91 Points.