Dry River ‘Craighall’ Martinborough Tempranillo 2011

Tempranillo from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 05-Sep-2013
The first commercial release from top-grafted Pinot Noir vines from the ‘Craighall’ vineyard, the fruit fermented to 13.0% alc., and the wine aged in barrel for 12 months. There was only one 225 L barrique made. Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with slight purple hues. This has a soft and even bouquet with sweet and spicy, dark red berry fruit aromas, lifted with violetty, floral perfumes, black pepper and earthy notes. This is distinctly Tempranillo in expression. Medium-bodied, light, sweet, primary red berry fruit flavours with a savoury, earthy aspect form a slender, smooth-flowing palate. The mouthfeel is bright and lively, with racy, slippery acidity prominent. Soft tannin extraction provides a supple back bone and line, and the wine has good tension and energy that leads to a very long, lingering finish with nuances of savoury berries and spicy plums. This is a slender, supple and racy Tempranillo that is youthfully approachable. Match with pasta, poultry and Mediterranean fare over the next 4-5 years. 17.0+/20 Sep 2013 RRP $59.00

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