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Chapel Hill il Vescovo Tempranillo

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Has Tempranillo found a cosy new home in one of South Australia’s most beautiful regions? Judging by this, McLaren Vale looks like a more than worthy candidate for this handsome Spaniard. Definitely a tapas friendly drink, so grab a few friends and lots of small bites and go for your lives. Lively nose of mulberry, smoky plum with an earthy complexity before a palate with a sour cherry tang and a handful of drying tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

Tempranillo is undisputedly the regal red grape variety of Spain. The variety is not only responsible for some of Spain’s most robust and prestigious red wines but also for a genre of stunningly textured wines with amazing purity of fruit expression. The uniqueness of the variety can be attributed to its refined varietal charm and its uncanny ability to articulate the characteristics of different vineyard sites. Our soils derived from the ancient rocks of McLaren Vale provide the ideal challenging conditions to grow Tempranillo with varietal personality.

The Il Vescovo Tempranillo displays an exotic bouquet of mulberries and fennel seeds further supported by a rustic palate brimming with liquorice flavours and tingling savoury tannins. This flavour profile and texture further reinforces why Tempranillo is considered to be a variety that is so respective of the splendours of food

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Chapel Hill il Vescovo Tempranillo

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This II Vescovo range is all about exploring the simple appeal of less-familiar grapes, and the tempranillo says 'Mission accomplished'. It's fresh and spicy on the nose, leading with fragrant red-cherry fruits and hints of earthy sweetness. Fresh-cut plum flavours in the mouth with easygoing appeal.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
The il Vescovo range is reserved for lesser-known varietals; here there are classic cherry and dark mineral characters of tempranillo, a little reduction suits the variety, some lifted fragrance too. The palate delivers simple cherry flavour and assertive chewy tannins, finishes with bright cranberry flavour.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A meaty bouquet of black fruits and a hint of fresh herbs; medium-bodied, fresh, vibrant and with quite refreshing acidity on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A pristine array of red berry fruits; light- to medium-bodied, but has persistent length thanks to fine tannins; oak barely visible.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Chapel was a regular drink at my place through parts of the 1990s, but wine quality seemed to fall away through the first half of this decade. Great to see some good wines coming through again. 2006 RELEASE Bangs of smoky, meaty fragrance here, the perfect match for barbecued meats. The palate continues the theme, adding sour cherries and Asian spices. It all stops a little short - but it's a lot of fun while it lasts, DRINK 2008-2011.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008

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