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2015 West Cape Howe Tempranillo

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Howe do they do it? We often ask ourselves when we come across the West Cape Howe range; exciting wines at a price to please. Here’s a red with a Spanish accent from the Great Southern, and it exhibits a good dose of Latin expression making it a good match for a meat-based paella. It’s seductively spicy on the nose with smoky red fruits and savoury hints. The fruit dances a tango on the palate before delivering a burst of grainy tannins and balanced acids on the long finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: A crimson red of medium density

Aroma: Distinctively spicy plum fruit aromas with hints of dark cherry and dusty oak characters

Palate: Medium bodied with dusty, dark, tamarillo fruit flavours. The spicy, savoury fruit flavours are well balanced by the drying tannins from the fruit astringency and from oak maturation. Has good palate length and will improve with further bottle age. Great served with a slow braised meat dish

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2015 West Cape Howe Tempranillo

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
The intensity of Perth Hills fruit (42%) builds a generous and succulent style of juicy dark berry fruits, supported by the tannin structure of Frankland River. There’s admirable black plum and black cherry fruit intensity here, underlined by dark chocolate French oak and finely structured tannins. A moreish bargain to enjoy young.
2014 to 2016.
Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
A blend of the warmer climes of the Perth Hills with the supple cooler climate Frankland River. Opens with a sappy fruity aroma displaying varietal savoury spicy notes on the nose. The palate is generous and warm with supple richness supported by fine grained oak and ripe tannins. A wine of flesh and juiciness that is great drinking in the medium term.
WA Wine Guide 2013 2012
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This is a chirpy, mid-weight rendition of tempranillo that delivers crunchy cassis and blue fruit, and has straight-out easy-drinking appeal. There s enough flesh to get your teeth into, as well as the right amount of grainy tannin cut through the finish.
Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Obviously grown in a climate (cool) that suits it; red cherry and raspberry fruit has a nice cut, making the wine fresh and lively, but not green.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Outstanding Tempranillo and simply one of the best I have tasted form WA. Dusty savoury fruit with typical cherry and light red berry characters. Has a light infusion of cedary oak with the dry tannins balancing the sweet ripe fruit on the middle palate. Effortlessly long and supple. Lovely stuff.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Lively juicy red fruits, with an almost heady perfume; a fun wine with lovely texture, and a savoury tannic finish that gets you back for more.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Light- to medium red-purple; tangy, juicy,lemony overtones, so typical of much young tempranillo grown around Australia, and which still has a lot to prove.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Bright, fresh and lively aromas and flavours; a cascade of red fruits; excellent balance and structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
_Ole! SpainÑmy left-field tip for the World Cup let me down yet again... Now Chittering, north of Perth, may be a long way from Rioja, north of Madrid, but they are both growing tempranillo. Of course, Rioja has a few years' head start. But predictably enough, the locals have come through with another great-value wine full of flavour and interest. Does this mob ever miss?
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2007 2007

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