Here’s a new wine on the market that is sure to ruffle some feathers ( sorry). Cape Barren Wines is named after the striking goose that was once native to Cape Barren Island, but which has now spread its wings to settle across parts of southern Victoria, and closer to home, Kangaroo Island. It’s from this Island the birds migrate into the vineyards of McLaren Vale each year.
The 2017 Tempranillo fruit is sourced from a beautiful Adelaide Hills vineyard near Charleston, whish is about 450 metres above sea level.
This newbie has pitch perfect fruit expression, and whilst the intention is not to solely replicate the wines of Spain, it does taste like you’ve just landed in Rioja. It’s a glassful of juicy vibrant fruit, like the best young Spanish tempranillos. It’s a little savoury and a little chewy and offers loads of interest. Ripe cherries, bunches of floral notes and some background dark spice. It’s got mouth watering acidity, just crying out for some Jamon and Manchego or a grilled lamb chop. If someone wanted a definition of modern Tempranillo, this surely has to be it.
RRP about $23.99