Off Topic: Anciano Crianza Tempranillo Valdepeñas 2012 – $
I have walked past these bottles, wrapped in their fine gold wire netting, many times in the supermarket without being tempted. As Monty Python said once, “this bottle has a message in it, and that that message is ……………”
But L had stocked up wine for the ski season, and we were up the club for our first ski weekend of the season when I opened up the ski locker and saw this wine, and went,” Si. Ole!”.
L had her go-to The Ned Pinot Gris, while I had this full malo wee beastie …
Old-world characterful flavours, with enough intensity and interest to be worthwhile. Red cherries. Bright in the mouth. Nothing startling. Red in regulation.
Commended 85 points
A few charming Hihi Wines for the cellar…
Hihi Nebbiolo Gisborne 2010/2011 – $$ – Drink 2017-2021. Needs time, this.
Hihi Tempranillo Gisborne 2013 – $$ – Drink 2016-2018. Yum.
Hihi Lock Stock Gisborne 2013 – $$ – A Bordeaux-style blend. Drink 2016-2023. I am interested in this…
Hihi Malbec Gisborne 2013 – $$ – Drink 2017-2021. And this one also…
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.