The Spanish origin variety tempranillo (meaning ‘early ripening’) thrives in the elevated NSW Hilltops region. These vines were planted in 2000.
FREEMAN Tempranillo 2018 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 2018 vintage season was pretty well by the book. Good rain when needed in November and December, then dry with moderate heat ideal for long, slow steady ripening. Picked a bit later than average allowing the fully ripe grapes to show intense flavour and balance.