Hihi Tempranillo Gisborne 2013
It’s not often I drink a Gisborne wine, and even less often it’s a Tempranillo! And I just missed International Tempranillo Day as well.
This is an interesting boutique producer. They grow a bunch of non-standard (for NZ) grapes on their property – Semillon, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Albarino, as well as the usual Sav/Chard/Merlot/Syrah etc. I drank an Albarino of theirs a while back and loved it!
Deep carmine colour. 14% alc.
Dense nose, dark stone fruit, complex, lush, earthy, peppery. Opens out in the glass luvly.
Bright ripe fruit, good fruit weight. A fresh attack, brusque tannins follow, heat on the back palate. Long.
Very young, off young vines I expect. This could definitely do another 2-3 years sleeping-in, so the whole wine can integrate together. And another 10 years of vine age. This is a wine to watch.