Sufficient winter rainfall in 2020 following on from the drought and fires of 2019, saw the vines off to a great bud burst. A near perfect early growing season saw the vines in good health and then 100mm
of rain fell in late January/early February. Clear blue skies then came out for the next month, enabling prefect ripening conditions and pristine fruit.
Tempranillo is one of the mainstay varietals of the Iberian Peninsula. It shares the red wine duties (and they’re often blended) with Grenache or Garnacha as it is called. Like all winemaking regions around the world, Spain and Portugal have a vibrant mix of young gung-ho artisan winemakers working alongside very traditional wine producing companies. The traditional style is matured in large Slovenian oak vats for many years before bottling, whereas the younger brigade strive for fruit freshness with the oak playing a supporting role. Some have adopted screw caps to maintain fruit clarity. The Brokenwood style is very much down this bright fruit path.
Pairs well with BBQ meats of any description.
Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.