2021 Singlefile Great Southern Tempranillo
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The tempranillo varietal originates in Spain and is the dominant variety used in wines from the Rioja and Ribero del Duero regions. There are only very small plantings in the Great Southern.
This 2021 tempranillo was picked in pristine conditions in early April 2021. The grapes were cold soaked in small fermenters for two days before undergoing an extended and gentle maceration. Forty percent of the wine was matured in single use Bordeaux oak barriques. The balance went to two-year old Bordeaux barriques for seven months.
Deep crimson purple in colour, this medium bodied Great Southern tempranillo displays intense rich dark berries, earthy, spicy, forest floor notes with hints of dark chocolate with gentle oak support. The wine is effortlessly mouth filling with a smooth savouriness balanced with acidity and complex tannins which create a chewy, dusty and lightly drying mouth feel. This is a great ‘food wine’ and will develop more complexity with further time in bottle.
CRITIC REVIEWS OF NOTE
94 points, Gold, Wine Showcase Magazine New Releases Tasting, July 2022
Gold, 93 points, Wine Showcase Magazine, Jul 2020
93 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2020
91 points, Nick Butler, The Real Review, Aug 2019
92 points, Ray Jordan, Top 100 Reds, The West Australian, Jul 2019
91 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jun 2019
92 points, Steve Leszczynski, QWine, Jun 2019