Fox Creek McLaren Vale Limited Release Tempranillo 2022


Another variety that is proving to be an ideal grape, which is very much at home in McLaren Vale. This Spanish favourite hails from a single vineyard, planted on an ancient sandhill in the centre of the Vale. The fruit is crushed to small stainless steel open fermenters, with hand-plunging twice daily. Gentle pressing to a mix of old French oak puncheons and stainless steel followed, with a further five months devoted to extra maturation. Deep garnet in colour, there are lovely aromatics here. The link between the warm vineyards of McLaren Vale and the hills of Spain are evident in every sniff and taste. We have cherries, roast meats, cranberries, leather, warm earth notes and dry herbs. Very much upfront flavours on the palate, but there is good power and fine tannins. A nice balance between the fruit and the acidity. Drink now and for the next three years, though it will undoubtedly go longer. It would be right at home with roast lamb.