2016 Rock Ferry Trig Hill Vineyard Tempranillo
Bendigo, Central Otago
Our aim in the vineyard is to grow the best fruit we can so it can speak of its home and express its personality. To do this you need healthy vines and soil. By practicing organics and incorporating some biodynamic principles we believe we are doing our best to help achieve this and let our vineyards evolve and speak as they would like.
The grapes were hand harvested, 80% of which was destemmed and 20% whole bunch were transferred to the oak cuve for indigenous fermentation. The ferment reached 32 degrees a lasted for 10 days. After this the wine was left on skins for a further 21 days for tannin maturation. The wine was drained into 500L French puncheons (25% new, 20% 1 year old, and remainder older seasoned oak) where it underwent MLF the following spring and matured in oak for a total of 19 months prior to racking and bottling.
This Tempranillo has vibrant aromas of earth, leather and dark berry fruits. The palate has notes of cassis, blackberries and plum. This is supported by a concentrated palate with ripe, supple tannins and a finish framed by toasty oak.
Alc 14.0%, TA 3.2g/l, pH 3.74, RS Dry
"Varietal, fruit centric, a gentle dried herb and youthful with aromas of dark berries, black cherry some plum and a core of fine gravel minerality. On the palate - fruity, savoury, warm and varietal. Flavours mirror the nose, dusty tannins and medium acidity. The warmth of the alcohol and bold tannins have quite an impact, but these are tempered by the fruit. The oak is ever present with flavours of toasty wood, clove and baking spices offering a bold platform to showcase the fruit, savoury and core style of Tempranillo. Best drinking from today and through 2022. Feed recommended." - Cameron Douglas, 5 stars