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2014 Stella Bella Margaret River Tempranillo

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Tempranillo is fast becoming a crowd favourite due to its affinity with food. This offering from Stella Bella is a pretty serious attempt, and they pull it off magnificently. There's bucket loads of red cherry and blue fruits on the nose, together with exotic spices and earthiness. The palate is medium-bodied, compact and cherry ripe with a lick of balanced oak, fine-grained, savoury-edged tannins, and a dry, plummy finish. It's well worth a go.

Winemaker's Notes

The most famous traditional and contemporary wines of Spain are made from the ‘black’ grape variety Tempranillo. Its name is the diminutive of the Spanish word temprano (early), a reference to the fact that it is an early ripening variety, even in Margaret River. A curiously large berried, very fleshy grape with over abundant tannin, probably due to its thick skin. In the temperate maritime climate of the Margaret River region, Tempranillo retains its natural acidity and a varietal elegance in this medium to full bodied red wine style.

Vineyard: Our Tempranillo is a single vineyard wine with grapes sourced exclusively from our Darch Vineyard in the central part of the Margaret River wine region. Darch, our most established site, has gravelly soils which allow for the retention of natural acidity and varietal aromatics, as well as the achievement of deep colour and fruit richness. Tempranillo’s exuberant growing habit requires significant crop removal pre-veraison to ensure a healthy canopy is maintained until harvest.

2014 Vintage: Margaret River experienced one of its warmest vintages on record, on a par with the very warm 2011 vintage. The red harvest benefitted from mild conditions throughout March and April which enabled tannin and flavour maturity to catch up to the high sugars prior to harvest. This also enabled us to select our picking dates without any weather issues. The reds from this vintage will be recognised for their red berry fruits and soft tannins. Once again the weather gods were on our side for a classic Margaret River vintage.

Winemaking: Tempranillo was selectively harvested then a small parcel was cold soaked to enhance primary fruit aromas. The remainder began immediate ferment and was left on skins for four weeks to soften the abundant tannins of Tempranillo. Malolactic fermentation was conducted in tank prior to barrel maturation. Maturation occurred in a mix of new and old French barriques for a period of 17 months. The final blend wine was double egg white fined with Margaret River Free Range eggs before being bottled.

Appearance: Deep red with purple hues.

Aroma: A rich and fruit driven wine in the Crianza style of Spanish Tempranillo. Ripe and spicy aromas of mulberry, plum, cinnamon and star anise are given a toasty complexity from the oak.

Palate: The concentrated core of plums and cherries is complemented by the sweetness of blueberries and mulberries, a perfect balance of fruit and acid. This wine is dense and juicy with grippy, brick dust tannins building and driving the palate.

Food Ideas: Lentejas con Chorizo – Spanish lentil stew with smokey paprika and chorizo.

Drink: Now to 2024.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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