RUTHERGLEN ESTATE TEMPRANILLO 2018
Awarded 92 Points Halliday Wine Companion 2021
96.92% Tempranillo, 3.08% Shiraz
Deep, dark with vibrant red hues. Elements of berry fruit, a cherry compote finish with mouth-filling grainy tannins. Crushed red fruits and dark berries with subtle elements of tobacco.
The 2018 Tempranillo was partially crushed into small, temperature controlled vats and an open vat fermenter. Approximately 10% of the fruit was hand plunged in an open vat and 10% was handpicked and added directly to the ferment as whole bunches, to help add complexity and structure. The fruit is cold soaked prior to alcoholic fermentation to keep a bright and vibrant fruit profile. The wine is aged in older French and American oak to give some softness and roundness on the palate without dominating the wine.
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