Te Awa / Hawkes Bay / 2014/ Tempranillo

Te Awa / Hawkes Bay / 2014/ Tempranillo Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a variety of grape originating from Spain.  The name refers to the Spanish word for early, ‘temprano’.  Temranillo is a relatively new variety to Hawkes  Bay, and 2013 is only our second release of this wine.

On the nose the wine displays rich dark berry notes with the additional complexity of leather and spice also apparent.  The palate is medium bodied with red fruit flavours supported by complex and savoury richness.  Firm tannins give this wine impressive length and concentration.

Drinking well upon release this wine could be cellared with confidence for five to ten years.

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The Winemaking

The 2014 growing season in Hawke's Bay produced the exact conditions Tempranillo thrives in. Warm and dry. The grapes were harvested, de-stemmed, and tipped directly into open top fermenters. After a five day cold soak the must was allowed to warm up and inoculated with a selected yeast. The young wine was then drawn off the skins and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. The wine was racked once to blend in Spring 2014, and returned to barrels for a further twelve months of ageing before bottling.

The Vineyard

The Te Awa Tempranillo is sourced from a small 0.8Ha block on our estate vineyard. The vineyard is located on free draining Gimblett Gravel's soil especially suited to the growing of high quality Red wine. Intensive management during the season resulted in low yielding vines producing high quality parcels of fruit.