2017 Team Picked Tempranillo
Trial rows of Tempranillo on the Maxwell Estate are always the first grapes to ripen for the season. This gives the whole team reason to get out into the vineyard, getting vintage underway each year.
This Tempranillo is an early drinking style with fresh flavours of raspberry, cherries and soft tannins.
Colour Deep garnet.
Nose Lifted red fruits, cherries and dried herbs.
Palate Varietal raspberry and cherry flavours entwined with savoury characters of cedar and granite. Chalky tannin cradles the fruit and complements subtle oak characters and gentle acidity.
The winter of 2016 was very wet, with Pedler Creek flooding into some of our lower lying vineyards, a once in a decade event which refreshes the soils, allowing salts to be flushed away. From August to early January conditions were quite dry, allowing healthy restrained growth across the estate and average crop levels have resulted in high quality grapes. After many years of earlier starts to harvest, 2017 went back to the predictable 1st of March. The weather conditions were warm without any extreme heat events but a slightly wet period towards the end of April gave us a need to pick the last of the Cabernet and Grenache vineyards before any mould issues arose.
Maturation Seasoned French Oak
Cellaring 5-7 years