2007 Tasting Notes

Penfolds inaugural release of this variety - one that proudly proclaims a different structural profile to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

A contemporary vinous reflection of a single vineyard, single fermentation and single variety.

The Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines came about in the mid 1990s as Penfolds winemakers experimented in the Magill Estate Cellars with small batches of wines from varieties not traditionally associated with Penfolds.

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Widely grown in Spain for centuries, tempranillo came to prominence on an international scale when Alejandro Fernandez was awarded 100 points from world-renowned American wine critic Robert Parker, for his tempranillo-based wine.

Today, tempranillo remains the dominant grape in red wines from Rioja and the Ribera del Duero, two of Spain's most famous wine districts, and may be referred to by a variety of different names depending on its source of origin. Incredibly sensitive to the differing climatic conditions of its various homes, a uniform description of its defining characteristics has remained elusive over the years.

Tempranillo has been in Australia for a considerable amount of time and has proven to be well- suited to traditional winegrowing regions like the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale.

Sourced from McLaren Vale, the Penfolds Cellar Reserve Tempranillo displays a dense, deep colour with a purple core. Berried, black olive flavours are unencumbered by oak, and generous fruit with prominent, ripe and round tannins, produces a firm finish.

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  • Iberican ham and manchego tapas
  • Braised goat

2008 Penfolds Cellar Reserve McLaren Vale Tempranillo

Tyson Stelzer, 1 April 2010, www.clearaboutwine.com.au

Vintage: 2008
Price: $50
Points: 93
Region: McLaren Vale
Tasted: March 2010
Closure: Screw Cap

You won’t see this wine until late this year but you must be ready to pounce the moment you hear wind of it because the first release of this single vineyard wine sold out in hours last year, there are only a few hundred cases this year – and it’s a better wine. Lovely fruit lift of black plum and dark cherry; finely textured plum-skin-like tannins and nervy acidity; dark chocolate oak sits neatly behind the whole show. It’s only going to get better – as will your mood if you manage to snare a bottle of one of Penfold’s rarest wines!

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