Ravens Croft Wines 2018 Tempranillo

This is a Joven style wine – it’s only lightly oaked. The wine is made for early drinking and it suits Queensland conditions, it can be drunk in our warmer months, even summer with a slight chill if you prefer. Mark has been making very good joven style tempranillos for a number of years, hard to fault his consistency. That’s a Plum Red B Glass in the pic, they are great for medium to lighter style red wines, I have some Rieldel Central Otago Pinot Noir glasses but I much prefer the Plum.

Quite deeply coloured for a joven style, garnets and rubies, crimson at the meniscus. The fruit wafts up in a bouquet of cherries, cherry cola and there is some spice. The palate is driven by a fresh acid and an enjoyable underlying tannin structure. Flavours of cherry cola, sour cherry, citrus rind, especially orange, spices and lovely savoury aspects, then the Tempranillo tannins become evident but they are well balanced and enough to enliven the palate as this is a sensational food wine. The wine sits in the lighter to medium bodied spectrum at most. Three of these have disappeared already, I’m going to contact Mark to order some more.

Tasted: Saturday 9th November, 2019 without food and then with over several hours.  Re-tasted the next day after breathing in refrigerated 375ml bottle overnight.
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $30
Suggested Drinking Window: Now to 2022

Posted by Peter Pacey

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