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Cellar Reserve Tempranillo 2014

Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style.

Cellar Reserve Tempranillo is sourced exclusively from McLaren Vale and is a unique Australian expression of this Spanish grape variety. Displaying typical fruit characteristics of berries, liquorice, spice and nectar, extended maturation in seasoned French oak has added great complexity to the palate.

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When To Drink

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking window 2018 - 2023.

Taste Description

Colour
Deep, dark plum red.

Nose
Lifted, with a fruited, almost ‘creamy’ disposition.
Sweet spices/five-spice complement an assortment of berried fruits.
The most readily identifiable, boysenberry, aligns well with vanillin … and burnt fig and toffee aromatics. 

Palate
At the time of writing, elemental, unevolved.
All arms & legs. Needs time.
Chunky tannins don’t hinder, but barely perceptible oak assists approachability.
No issue with paprika, but what’s a polite alternative descriptor for boot polish?
Never mind – unashamed boot polish … and leather.
Presence, potential.

Technical Information

Origin: McLaren Vale, South Australia. 

Maturation: 17 months in seasoned French oak barriques.

Variety: Tempranillo.

Vintage Conditions

Above-average winter and early spring rainfall offered the vines in South Australia healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Late spring and early summer were dry and warm with significant heat records being set.

Warm weather prevailed during summer and throughout veraison, allowing grapes to develop evenly and with good intensity. 

History

First Vintaged in 2007.

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