2020 "TV" Tempranillo Viognier
~ Ferguson Valley, Western Australia
The serious stuff:
Tempranillo & Viognier from 24 year old vines grown at 220m altitude on north facing slopes of the Ferguson Valley in the Geographe region in South Western Australia.
Picked on March 18th & 23rd 2020 at ~ 14 Baumé. The Tempranillo was machine harvested and the Viognier was hand harvested. The wine was pressed with 10% whole bunches and left on skins for 8 days. Inoculated with Clos yeast. Fermentation was in conventional small open stainless steel vessels with regular pump over, followed by 22 months maturation in seasoned 1 year + French oak hogsheads. A 2% highlight addition of lees worked, barrel matured Viognier adding aromatics, texture and polish was added prior to bottling on 10th January 2021.
Composition: Tempranillo 98%, Viognier 2%
Tempranillo Clone: Requiem
Harvest: March 2020
Maturation: 22 months in French oak
Bottled: January 2021
Alcohol: 14.0% vol
TA: 5.71 g/L
VA: 0.43 g/L
RS: 0.64 g/L
But, what does it taste like?
The Gringo with the dry wit and brooding stare flirting openly with a splash of sexy Viognier; the life of the party.
"Rusty on one side, shiny on the flip side."