Monday 20 June 2016

Calabria Family Wines’ Cool Climate Series Tempranillo - NSW Riverina

ENJOY this excellent drop with anything from
tapas to roast chicken, rack of lamb, tacos, nachos or burritos.


David Ellis

AMONGST the fastest growing wines in terms of new plantings in Australia is Tempranillo, an easy-drinking medium-bodied and fruity red that was first planted here in the early 1900s, waned, and was resurrected again with more serious intent around the 1980s.

Today this native of Spain is grown in all major Australian regions by some 200 or more producers, with one to look for being the NSW Riverina's Calabria Family Wines' Cool Climate Series that's made from fruit from the Hilltops area near Young.

Full of varietal cherry and plum fruit flavours, a touch of leatheriness and with a mild clove spiciness, it's an excellent example of just why Tempranillo has really taken off amongst drinkers in the past five years or so.

Winemaker Bill Calabria used only hand-harvested fruit for this drop that's so well-priced at just $15. Enjoy it simply with tapas or other light snacks, or main courses of anything from chorizo sausages to roast chicken or rack of lamb (as it is in its home-country Spain,) or even think more-Mexican tacos, nachos or burritos.

20 Jun 16

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