Steve feels himself fortunate to be sourcing his Tempranillo from some of the oldest plantings in McLaren Vale, up to around twenty years of age. The quality of these grapes in their warming region has given him the faith to continue pursuing this straight varietal and to plant more at their Amery Road vineyard. Iberian varietals are ideally suited to McLaren Vale’s climate, and this wine is a perfect example of what’s possible with Tempranillo. The wine itself was inspired by the Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ festival. In the words of Tom Grant, General Manager at Pannell Enoteca, “This is party Steve! The ideal tapas wine cries out for grilled chorizo.”
Both parcels were picked in early March and then crushed and kept separate. They spent 10-11 days on skins, with gentle pressing before being sent to old oak puncheons in mid-April to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was blended and bottled without fining and just a small sulfur addition and cross-flow filtration.