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Paxton Tempranillo 2012

Vintage: 2012

Style: Medium bodied red

Country: Australia

Region: McLaren Vale


Overview: When Australian Winemakers first started toying with certain European varieties which we call ‘alternative varieties’ many of the reds such as Tempranillo and Sangiovese were picked ripe, had loads of tannin and were stuffed into oak. Bada-bing-bada-boom we had a wine that drank like a Shiraz but was named something a bit left of centre. As we’ve more comfortable with these varieties we’ve started to treat them the way they should be treated. Paxton pick their Tempranillo earlier in the season to maintain savoury spice notes to add to the lifted aromatics and cherry characters typical of Tempranillo. For the fermentation process they have used wild yeast with may not be as clean and stable as inoculated yeast but adds complexity and interesting notes on the nose. Whole bunches are also thrown in during fermentation, the juice of these bunches ferments inside the berry and causes the skins to breakdown adding aromatics and firm tannins to this fantastic wine. This process is also known as carbonic maceration. It sounds like a whole lot of work and it is but the results speak for themselves. This wine has power and complexity at a modest alcohol level (12.5%) and is a bargain to boot.


Tasting note: Bursting with aromatics of cherry, spice and sarsaparilla with subtle oak support in the background. The palate is surprisingly powerful with deep plum characters joining the cherry and spice from the nose. Nice oak with grainy tannins on the finish.


Final Say: Cool climate spice with warm climate power. $20 a bottle.


Score: 16.5 out of 20

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