Sixty Second Swirl by Brent Lello 

 Tempranillo is a Spanish grape variety that’s finding a niche here in the Yass Valley region.  Several local winemakers are crafting out Tempranillo wines that are vibrant, true-to-roots and super food-friendly.  Bob Makin at Murrumbateman Winery on the Barton Highway has seemingly worked out the nuances of Tempranillo and produces great examples, including this week’s ‘swirl’ – the Murrumbateman Winery Tempranillo 2019. 

               Murrumbateman Winery Tempranillo 2019

This “neo’ is a deep cherry red in the glass with flashes of crimson-purple.  A swirl invites aromas of ripe cherries, blackberries and ripe blood plums with a crack of black pepper and a pinch of cloves.  The flavours are energetic and bright with ripe red cherries and red currants.  There’s a delicately poised balancing act of lively acid, fruit sweetness and smooth tannins, leading to a food-friendly finish with a sweet yet slightly savoury edge. 

 We enjoyed our bottle with corn-chip crumbed pork taco burgers with chipotle mayo but given Tempranillo’s Spanish origins also cries out for a Manchego cheese, chorizo sausage and olive platter.  I got my bottle – “No. 3407 of 4100” – direct from the cellar door, but you can buy for $30 online.

Check out these great events hosted by Murrumbateman Winery coming up April 30 & May 1st!

Howlin’ good time ahead at Murrumbateman Winery on May 1st!