Chapel Hill Wine il Vescovo Tempranillo 2011

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Bryn Richards has the reins of the ‘alternative’ varieties in the il Vescovo range from Chapel Hill and handles the winemaking with aplomb. Big plush purple berries with a little hint of polish and some heady spices. There’s also good whack of meaty brine. Lovely mouth filling front palate with fruit sweetness that speaks more that it is a McLaren Vale wine than Tempranillo. Bookended with acidity and a little tannin. The middle is full, with bitter licorice touched fennel herbs balanced with some good choc-oak. McLaren Vale sometimes can’t escape its terroir of naturally full wines and this wine is less on the blue fruited spectrum than Joven mid-weight Spanish Tempranillos, but then it isn’t trying to be that. Under screw cap the wine is fresh and purple/bright: a serious wine but still made for food and friends.

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