Ravenscroft Vineyard 2021 Tempranillo

Not the Pinotage in the photo but a soon to be released Tempranillo from Caitlin and Nick Roberts Ravenscroft Vineyard.

I have longed for a Crianza style Tempranillo from Duncan Ferrier’s fruit and finally a wish delivered by Mark Ravenscroft. I’ve tasted this wine from barrel twice in it’s development, the 12 month wait has been a little difficult to bear!2021 tempranillo

Deep ruby coloured in the glass with lighter glowing red hues, a vibrant reflective enticing presentation. A lifted bouquet perfumed with red and black fruits, spice and receding oak, the redolent fragrance features savoury, some sour and just a little piquancy.

Red cherries, cherry cola, red currants and a little darker cherry is the main fruit presence. There is a slight smokiness containing hints of a burnt aspect which entwines itself through the fruit in a lovely balanced coalescent collaboration – I really enjoyed this aspect of the wine. The young acid licks itself through the fruit creating a luscious mouthfeel, there is a small almost dainty saltiness, the tannins are smooth but with a little late clinging dryness. This wine, unlike it’s Spanish Crianza cousins occupies a space between light and medium bodied, being neither but offering some aspects of both and this is a trait often encountered on The Granite Belt – a beautiful assimilation of power into elegance.

I’m quite familiar with Mark’s joven tempranillo, certainly one of the best local temps, but this crianza offers something a little different and it will cellar longer – 7+ years. Lastly this is the final farewell to fruit form Duncan Ferrier’s Rosemary Hill Vineyard as he has ploughed all the vines in. Perhaps the extreme drought followed immediately by extreme wet told Duncan it’s time, whatever the reason you now have a final opportunity to acquire a Crianza Tempranillo created with fruit from a locally legendary vineyard, I know what I’ll be doing.

Tasted: Friday 24th June, 2022 without food and then with over several hours.
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $48
Suggested Drinking Window: 2022 – 2033
Winemaker: Mark Ravenscroft
Fruit Source: Rosemary Hill Vineyard
Oak: Old French for 12 Months
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Posted by Peter Pacey

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