Tabula Damana Ribera del Duero 2004
Pindarie Bar Rossa Tempranillo Sangiovese Shiraz 2007
Nashwauk McLaren Vale Tempranillo 2006
Di Giorgio Family Coonawarra Tempranillo 2010$23; 13.5% alcohol; screw cap; tasted 20 JUN 12; 90 points
It’s ten years now since the Di Giorgio family bought the old Rouge Homme winery, after generations of grape-growing for other outfits. At about the same time, they were probably buying some of the barrels used to make this wine, and they added this Tempranillo plantation to their large suite of vineyards. There’s something magic about the decade in the wine cycle: all this enterprise and vision has had that time to mature and fully entwine and out pops a lovely red. As if these things happen suddenly! It’s heady, opulent wine, flooding with fresh juice of black cherries, baby beetroot, and prune. It doesn’t seem forced or extracted, and its maturation in older barrels has given it just the right dusting of spices. Its flavours are open and honest: the palate is syrupy, yet elegant, with a modest number of alcohols, and the finish? A pretty compote of those cherries; soft velvet tannins and some savoury, lemony acid. While Coonawarra Cabernet tends to make lean, tight, claret styles that need many years to mellow, this wine might indicate that properly handled Coonawarra Tempranillo can provide a softer, rounder, juicier wine at low alcohols which can be enjoyed as youthful delights. Get that barbecue flaming, stack the table with tapas and a bottle or two of this, and you’re in Spain for less than $100.
Ross Barossa Valley Tempranillo 2006