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Trinity Hill
Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo

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Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo

Gimblett Gravels
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87% Tempranillo
10% Touriga Nacional
2% Malbec
1% Viognier

The hand-picked grapes were destemmed but not crushed. The fermentation took place in stainless-steel fermenters, at warm temperatures, maximum 28C. The cap was punched down or pumped over twice daily during the ferment. The must was pressed out as soon as the ferment was finished, with the wine settled for a few days and then racked to a mixture of new and older French oak and American oak barriques plus stainless-steel. Regular racking takes place during the 11 month maturation in barrel. The wine will be bottled in May 2009.

Tasting Note
Tempranillo is the red grape variety grown most widely in Spain, in a large range of climatic conditions and soil types. It is best know as the main grape used for making Rioja. It is also used in Portugal under the synonym Tinta Roriz, where it is used to make port and also the Duero dry reds. We grow itin the stony, free-draining and warm soils of the Gimblett Gravels.Wild raspberry and plum fruit aromas with spice characterize the wine, with a little vanillin from oak barrels. This is a result of fully ripened fruit under our temperate conditions, which does not produce jammy or porty characters as can happen in a hotter climate. Malbec adds depth, weight and spice to the wine, increasing the complexity. This is an elegant wine, with firm but not heavy tannin structure. The texture is firm, but with suppleness, almost like a combination of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. There is great persistence of the wild fruit flavours and licorice on the finish.

Serving Suggestion
The wine will age well for 5-7 years and can be drunk with any red meat or pork dishes.

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