Tempranillo is the premium red wine grape variety hailing from the Rioja region in Spain. It is also grown in many other regions of Spain. The grapes for the 2022 Pennon Hill Tempranillo are sourced from a warmer vineyard site in Merricks North.
A single vineyard wine, deep crimson red in colour. This is a generous offering exhibiting plum and morello cherry fruit with complexing coffee and chocolate aromas. There’s a rustic earthiness, plentiful ripe structural tannins, and some mineral and ferrous notes. Dried herbs and tobacco add depth to the palate, while refreshing acidity contributes to a long and expressive savoury finish.
Simon Black, Winemaker
The fruit was hand harvested, sorted and de-stemmed into 2T open fermenters,
followed by a short cold maceration period. Fermentation was with yeast strain
RC212. Gentle cap management was employed, draining and returning the
fermenting juice twice a day during peak fermentation. At the completion of primary
fermentation, the grapes were pressed and the wine transferred to old oak French
barriques for malo-lactic fermentation followed by 10 months maturation.