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Tim Adams Reserve Tempranillo

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A little bit of Spain in the Clare Valley, that’s the best way to describe Tim Adam’s tasty Tempranillo. This is a fantastic food wine thanks to a nicely defined tannin structure, making it ideal with tapas based dishes. Attractive fruit aromas of cherry, violets and exotic dried spices lead onto a plush palate that’s much more savoury than your average Australian red. It’s complex yet accessible and just the kind of alternative style to try if you are tired of Cabernet and Shiraz.

Winemaker's Notes

Classic tempranillo, accented with black cherries and violets, with a tangy palate layered with cloves and cinnamon. The wine is spicy and savoury by Australian standards and is lower in alcohol than most red wines we make. It has been sealed under screwcap to ensure freshness and authenticity. The wine will develop to its full potential over the next 10 years.

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Tim Adams Reserve Tempranillo

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Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Among Australia's most distinctive Tempranillos, this is a very food-flexible and versatile wine. The bouquet leads off with pretty rose petals, moving into black plum skin and prune hints. The palate is restrained, textural and elegant, completely engulfing 100% new French oak. Will benefit from five years in the cellar.
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Tim Adams is a traditional producer but he has a keen interest in Spanish grape varieties - such as tempranillo. Early releases were heavy with oak but the last couple have been far better balanced. Talk about juicy! Lots of tangy, citrussy acidity here though it doesn't intrude - it's part of the ride. This isn't mega-intense but you could easily argue that it's mega-delicious. Flavours of sour cherries and earth, cloves and sweet berries. Flashes of spice. Excellent wine.
2011-2015
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
2018
Australian Wine Companion 2012
92
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Dark, ripe and sinewy, this robust but rather closed red has a floral, sweetly fruited bouquet of blackberries and raspberries, cassis and dark chocolate, cedar and vanilla. Supported by firm, drying and slightly gritty tannins, it delivers a moderate length of rather baked fruit, with nuances of currants, prunes and raisins beneath its dark plum/berry flavours. It finishes with fresh acids. Give it plenty of air if opening young.
2013-2016+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Moderate colour; an individual barrel selection process after 15 months in new French oak; has authentic tempranillo varietal character, with zesty, spicy cherry and oak flavours well integrated and balanced.
2012-2018
Australian Wine Companion
92
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Classic tempranillo, accented with black cherries and violets, with a tangy palate layered with cloves and cinnamon.
Tysonstelzer.com
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Tim Adams is a traditional producer but he has a keen interest in Spanish grape varieties - such as tempranillo. Early releases were heavy with oak but the last couple have been far better balanced. Talk about juicy! Lots of tangy, citrussy acidity here though it doesn't intrude - it's part of the ride. This isn't mega-intense but you could easily argue that it's mega-delicious. Flavours of sour cherries and earth, cloves and sweet berries. Flashes of spice. Excellent wine.
93
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Big Tim Adams has delivered an engaging mix of sweet Eastern spice ahead of bright, attractive purple cherry fruits and licorice, some wild gamey edges too. The palate's all rolled into fine, balled-up, fleshy shape, there's plenty of cherry liqueur flavour and a decent wedge of chewy tannin through the finish. Very Spanish!
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
The varietal character is clearly defined, and the fruit does all the talking, notwithstanding 16 months in new French oak. Strawberry, plum and spice (says Adams); what about the Rawlinson/ Scarpantoni lexicon?
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92

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