2017 Carafe & Tumbler Tempranillo
It was with good foresight and fortune that Leon Tokar decided to plant this then little known Spanish variety in 1999. We now have some of the oldest Tempranillo in the Yarra Valley, planted directly outside the Tokar Estate restaurant. Spur pruned to a VSP trellis. The leaves are the size of dinner plates so we get out and remove many of the leaves around the fruit to encourage sunlight on to the bunches to enhance the colour and structure of the wine. The vines are low yielding, generally delivering 1.5 tonnes per acre.
The Tempranillo was hand picked and fermented as four different lots, each with slightly different treatments. One of the ferments was 100 % whole bunch which enhanced both fruit and savoury characters along with adding another form of tannin to the final wine’s structure. All fermentations were with wild yeasts followed by a long soaking on skins for up to 35 days to gently extract fine tannin. Once pressed, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels (mostly 500L puncheons) for wild malolactic fermentation and ten months maturation in our cellar. The wine was bottled whilst still bright and fresh.
Bright flashes of ruby purple. Aromas of blackcurrant, cola and cold tea. The palate is medium bodied, sweet fruited with blood orange and dark cherries before a charry note. I’m reminded of charry meat with herbs, which would make a great food match. Savoury notes of soy and mushrooms. I’m always amazed at Tempranillo’s spectrum of flavours! The ample mouth coating tea-like tannins frame the fruit nicely and will see the wine age for many years, but then it’s delicious drinking now.
10% Discount off any Dozen Bottle Purchase or Mixed Dozen
NB: To receive the 10% discount – Either by choosing ‘A case of 12’ Tab or by choosing the ‘Single’ Tab of the same or different varietals to the total of 12 bottles