92 points 2008 ‘Reserve’ Tempranillo (…) has authentic tempranillo varietal character, with zesty, spicy cherry and oak flavours well integrated and balanced. (…). James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au
‘Best alternative reds over $25’, 93 points 2008 ‘Reserve’ Tempranillo Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh, Big Red Wine Book 2010-11
As the principal variety of the world-renowned wines of Rioja, tempranillo has long been the backbone of the Spanish red-wine industry. We discovered many years ago that drinking these wines from Rioja could be a wonderful experience and so decided to search for the appropriate site, soil and clone to plant in our vineyards at Watervale. On an exploratory trip to Spain to meet the winemakers and taste wines in Rioja, Tim met Isaac Muga, who agreed to work with us in Clare for vintage 2004. In 2004, we planted 6.5 hectares of tempranillo on our Ladera vineyard in Clare. This wine, from the 2008 vintage, was selected from individual barrels before blending and exhibits the definitive tempranillo characters.