Amato Vino Tempranillo 2014
This Spanish favourite is grown in the northern Margaret River sub-region of Yallingup. The grapes were picked late in the season as the leaves were reddening and the vintage end was in sight. Wild-fermented in open bins before pressing to aged barriques and hogsheads, matured for 20 months.
Dark ruby red in colour. Dusty black and red-fruits greets the nose, and caramel/vanilla oak. Typical Tempranillo – dark choc-cherry spice, punchy fruits, firm acidity, and a delightful ‘redskin’ character lifts the nose. On the floral spectrum we see savoury herbal bay/curry leaf and some eastern spice.
The palate is equal parts juicy and savoury with a firm backbone of acidity and tannin. Red-fruits and blackberry flavours, mocha/chocolate, some darker roasted spices, vanilla, all rounded out with and some toasty aged oak characters. No fining or filtration, 190 dozen made.
A wine for medium-term drinking and best with deep flavours of roasted meat/veges and rich sauces, stews and pizza.