Angove Family Crest Tempranillo 2019 (McLaren Vale, South Australia) "...dark cherry, raspberry, sandalwood..."
Our McLaren Vale Tempranillo is from a vineyard on the outskirts of the small town of Willunga, and was handpicked in mid-March with fantastic fruit ripeness.
McLaren Vale fared well in a very challenging vintage, mainly thanks to the moderating influence of Gulf St Vincent, reliable spring rainfall and the use of both recycled and underground water to helpt he vineyards cope with the warm, dry condition to the end of harvest. 2019 vintage had two extreme weather events that casued reduced yield. The first was a hailstorm in November which damaged some fruit. The second was the hottlest day in 10 years when the mercury peaked at just over 46.6ºC pm January 24th – only vineyards with good canopies and subsurface moisture were able to cope – thankfully ours had both. Harvest began in the first week of March and with lower tonnages was completed in just 4 weeks. Quality is exceptional, we just wished there was quantity with yields down by up to 25%.
WINEMAKING: After a gentle de-stemming the whole berries were fermented in small fermenters, carefully hand-plunged and sometimes foot trodden to coax colour and flavour from the skins with natural ferment and minimal additions. Once ferment was complete the wine was basket-pressed and racked to seasoned French oak barrels for 4 months before bottling. Theresultant wine reflects our philosophy of letting the McLaren Vale soils and environment express themselves through the wine.
"A lifted nose of dark cherries, raspberries and sandalwood, the palate has luscious cherry flavours, delicate spice and delicious soft tannins."- Winery notes