Atlas Wines 'The Spaniard' Tempranillo Grenache Mataro 2021

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James Halliday – A blend of tempranillo, mataro and grenache from three Clare Valley vineyard sites. We've got a live one here! Juicy and ultra-fresh feeling, a bit sweet-fruited and sticky in texture but delivers a pleasing mix of ripe cherry, plummy fruit characters, woody and peppery spice mix and cola/sarsaparilla notes. There's a lushness in the texture, but it finishes fresh enough and with a smidge of tannin. The perfume is ebullient and lively. In all that, a wine of immediate sensory appeal. - Mike Bennie

About This Wine

Fruit for this blend came from three select sites: the Tempranillo and Grenache from dry-grown, low-yielding vines grown in terra rossa soil in the Clare Valley; and the Mataro from old vines grown in sandy loams further north, a warmer site, well suited to this late ripening variety. These vineyards produced concentrated, bright fruited expressions of each variety, reflective of their Spanish origins.

The focus for this wine was on blending the three varieties to ensure adequate fruit expression, while allowing some of the more textural and savoury qualities of these varieties to sing, and ultimately creating something balanced, interesting and harmonious. Each variety was fermented in small open fermenters with twice daily gentle pigeage. The Mataro was given a brief cold soak before pre-ferment to encourage the extraction of fruit character over tannin. 10% of whole bunches were included with the Grenache. Wines were basket-pressed and matured for 9 months in a combination of neutral French oak puncheons and stainless steel prior to filtration and bottling in February 2022.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Tempranillo
Country Australia
Region Clare Valley
Brand Atlas Wines
Vintage 2021

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