Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo
Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo 2021
Varieties: 93% Tempranillo/7% Touriga Francesca
Tempranillo is a red grape variety widely grown in Spain, where it is best known as the principal variety in the famous wines of Rioja. As Tinta Roriz in Portugal, it is used, along with Touriga Nacional and Touriga Francesca, to make Port and dry red wines from the Douro Valley.
The 2020/2021 growing season was warm and dry, ideal conditions to produce deliciously ripe and rich Tempranillo. In a nod to the red wines from the Iberian Peninsula, a small amount of Touriga Francesca was co-fermented with the Tempranillo to add perfume and fragrance.
Hand-harvested grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed and transferred to a stainless steel closed-top fermenter. Following fermentation, the wine was transferred to a combination of seasoned 225-litre French and American oak barriques for maturation. After 12 months in barrel, the wine was blended in July and bottled in August 2022 respectively, with minimal fining and filtration.
The 2021 Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo delivers the richness, generosity, and structure one expects from the variety. Attractive raspberry/blackberry aromas, along with liquorice, sweet spices, and dark chocolate, lead to a palate crammed with red/black fruit flavours. Tannins, with the consistency of cocoa powder, and vibrant acidity, contribute a mouthcoating texture and juiciness to the palate, which finishes long, succulent, and refreshing. This wine can be enjoyed in its youth, but it will age well for at least ten years. Red meat or pork would be an ideal match as well as traditional Tapas-style dishes.
Drink 2022 to 2032.
- Vintage 2021
- Type Red Wine
- Variety Tempranillo