I spent a fantastic year living in Spain in my youth and the chance to try my own interpretation of this classic style gives me a thrill. We picked the Tempranillo quite early to capture some sour red cherry/ cranberry characters which in my mind are the perfect foil for some lovely old bush vine Garnacha. Monastrell, Bastardo and Tinta Amerilia fill out the back palate but the main focus of this wine is juicy red fruits and bright flavours. Barossa Pinot in a way this is a great food wine for matching with todays fresh flavours, like a red wine with your chicken/fish? This is it, paella is a natural combo. Soft tannin structures mean on a warm day you can take it out of the wine rack and pop it in an ice bucket while you drink it, ahh lovely.
Colour: Bright crimson magenta
Aroma: Meat, spice, red fruits, fresh, fresh, fresh
Palate: Lots going on, I like the frission of sweet Grenache vs. sour Tempranillo, clean fruits and then there is that lovely flood your gums textural element that rounds everything out.
Summary: If you have ever been in the middle of the joyous riot that erupts when Barca has beaten Real Madrid or sat and laughed at a bunch of yobbos elbowing each other out of the way running down a fenced street without a bull in sight you will understand what this wine is all about
Smallfry Wines is a partnership in business and life between Suzi Hilder and Wayne Ahrens. Both were born into the industry and have various trade and technical qualifications. That they are also foodies drives their winemaking down a certain path. Natural ferments, nil to minimal adjustment, old oak a soft hand in the cellar allows the vineyard to speak. The style is Euro, with an eye to balance and subtlety. The essential component is great fruit; they are lucky enough to own two very special vineyards, one in Eden Valley and the other in Vine Vale in the valley floor. The Eden Valley vineyard was established in 1994, while the Vine Vale block has been the Schlieb’s family seat for generations, with the last incumbent putting in 52 vintages before hanging up his snips.
A lot going on and, as is common to so many Smallfry wines, fresh and juicy. Tempranillo sourness balanced against the sweetness of Garnacha with Monastrell, Bastardo and Tinta Amerilla filling out the back palate. The main focus of this wine is juicy red fruits and bright flavours. . Happy to be served chilled on a hot day.