Tempranillo – Spain’s answer to Cabernet Sauvignon. Will it amount to anything in South Africa? After a recent review of Fairview Extraño 2010, a blend featuring the variety in conjunction with Grenache and Carignan (see here), I was gently urged via Twitter to try the straight version from Dornier in Stellenbosch.
Attending the opening of The Wine Expo on the Braak as part of this year’s Stellenbosch Wine Festival earlier today, I braved a glass despite the heat (34.5⁰C at 11h00). In a word, robust. Dark fruit and tilled earth – good concentration, fresh acidity and nicely grippy tannins. 16 months in second-fill oak, only 2 700 bottles made, R94 a bottle. Ch-check it out, to quote the Beastie Boys.
The Wine Expo on the Braak – 31 Jan to 2 Feb. Tickets: R170 pp. Buy here.