Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne Tempranillo 2013

Tempranillo from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 24-Feb-2015
Fruit from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard blended with a small portion of St Laurent, the fruit given a cold soak and wild yeast fermented to 12.8% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 35% new French oak equivalence. Dark, even, black-hued ruby-red colour with light purple hues on the edge. This has an elegant and refined nose, tightly bound with aromas of dark red cherry and raspberry fruits lifted with bright red florals, unveiling nuances of minerals, games and cherry liqueur. Medium-bodied, the palate is tightly concentrated with flavours of dark cherries and raspberry fruits entwined with mineral and leathery nuances, along with a savoury lift. The mouthfeel is fresh with underlying acidity and features powdery tannins that grow in prominence through the mid-palate. The extraction leads to a dry-textured, grainy finish with florals and spicy oak. This is a tightly bound, finely extracted, bright and aromatically fruited Tempranillo. Serve with poultry, pork, veal and Mediterranean fare over the next 5-6+ years. 17.5-/20 Feb 2015 RRP $24.95 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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