Hola! Heirloom Vineyards come under the guiding hand of Elena Brooks and her husband Zar, also well known for the Dandelion range. Heirloom seeks to make wines that “champion the best clones of each variety planted in the most appropriate sites embracing the principals of organic farming.” The fruit for this wine grown in the Hills near the Kuitpo Forest. 30% Whole bunch fermentation and 9 months in “seasoned” French oak.
Heirloom Vineyards, Tempranillo, Adelaide Hills, 2019
Deep bruise purple from core to rim, with a bright highlight. On the nose it delivers earthy wet sand, hints of herbaceous cola, steeping black plums, fat blackberries, flinty blue stone, padron piquancy and Easter egg chocolate. Plush fruit front and with a juicy medium-full frame there’s some protein-like meaty depth before an unfurling hall runner of fine tannins through the drying finish that cries out for food.
Rating: 17.75/20 (91/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Heirloom Vineyards