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2007 'Hopping Stone' Tempranillo                            SOLD OUT

 

Description

The 2007 'Hopping Stone' Tempranillo is a deep red/black coloured wine with a lifted nose of cherry and plums and a savoury note that creates anticipation.  The palate is lively and finely balanced with round fruit flavours counter pointed by drying, fine tannins giving into a long satisfying length.  A wine that has potential to age at least 3-7 years, but drinking wonderfully now.

 

If drunk with food (which is certainly recommended as there are few greater pleasures), we recommend game and spiced meats which will match with the aromatics and savoury flavours that this wine brings to the palate.  Tapas or smoked hams would be sensational combinations and enhance both the wine and the food.

 

Sealed under screwcap to ensure the wine made by us arrives to you as we intended it to.

 

 

Awards

Top Bronze medal - 2008 Margaret River Wine Show, highest rated Tempranillo in Margaret River

 

Reviews

 

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

Again this needs a bit of air but given it, it really sings.

This has lots of dry, savoury tannin and a good deal of sour-sweet cherry-like flavour. There’s spicy, chocolaty, pencilly oak here too and the more it opens up the more beguiling it becomes. I wasn’t sure of this at first but after a couple of hours of sipping at it, I was loving it. It’s going to be an interesting journey to see where this wine goes as it ages.

 

Rated : 91 Points
Alcohol : 13.6%
Price : $22
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2010 - 2015
The Wine Front

 

Technical Details

Our first wine made from grapes outside of our estate, but one that was a collaboration between ourselves and friends who own an estate developed to the most exacting standards, and a passion and knowledge base that is of the highest level.  Phil and Lynne Foster own ‘Hopping Stone’ vineyard in the northern reaches of the Margaret River region.  Their site is more exposed and warmer than ours in Rosa Brook, and with this added heat load they have planted varieties that appreciate the warmth, with Tempranillo being one variety particularly suited to their site.  A tonne of fruit was handpicked by the two families at a point when the grapes were predicted to be fully ripe and at their most flavoursome – which proved to be correct in the tasting of the final wine.

 

The 2007 vintage was exceptionally good.  The season started with a warm spring with little rainfall, and the summer months were extremely dry and without the excessive heat load that has often occurs during the months of January and February.  With this even heat load and dry end of vintage, the 2007 grapes were both clean and fully ripe with picking able to be completed at the point of full ripeness and flavour. The fruit was severely thinned prior to harvest, and during hand harvesting any grapes that were considered not good “enough to eat” were dropped on the ground.  The technical data on these hand picked grapes are as below:

 

Tempranillo:               Picked 22 March 2007

                                    Total weight 869 kg

                                    Brix 24.5

                                    pH 4.04

                                    TA 4.30

 

 

These grapes were taken in by Sharna Kowalczuk and her assistant Jane from Vasse River Wines and treated with 'kid gloves' to ensure the magnificent flavours seen in the fruit and the primary ferment were protected and enhanced.  The wine was fermented in an open vat and continuously hand plunged to extract colour and tannins softly, with ferment being completed after 10 days.  The wine was lightly pressed and placed in new and old French oak barrels and stored for 18 months.

 

 

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