The Spanish origin variety tempranillo (meaning ‘early ripening’) thrives in the elevated NSW Hilltops region. These vines were planted in 2000.
FREEMAN Tempranillo 2014 is an deep plum coloured wine marked by distinctive layers of complexity with tomato leaf, spice and dark cherry flavours, characters typical of Australian tempranillo. Medium-bodied with savoury integrated fine chalky tannins balanced by an appealing earthy umami flavour spectrum, this release resonates true Spanish Rioja. Ole!
The 2014 season was one of extremes starting with a late October frost that luckily did not affect the safely elevated Altura Vineyard. Then came a mid-summer heatwave that intensified sugars and accelerated ripening. These conditions resulted in both colour and flavour intensity in the grapes, which were fully ripe when harvested and displayed good acidity and balance to create a contemporary ‘joven’-inspired style.