Friday, July 13, 2012

Tar and Roses 2011 Tempranillo

Veteran former Mitchelton winemaker Don Lewis and his partner in matters vinous, Narelle King, have spent several recent vintages working in Spain, honing their skills with varieties like tempranillo. This blend of fruit from Heathcote and the Apline Valleys certainly hits the bullseye. The fruit is the star here with fresh rich raspberry notes, hints of spice and licorice and just the barest input from vanilla oak characters. Bright and easy to drink, this is a terrific result from a difficult vintage. A good buy for $24.

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