Monday 19 September 2016

Mr Mick 2014 Tempranillo - Clare Valley

TEMPRANILLO sales are said to be growing at a
faster rate than any other variety in Australia.


David Ellis

AUSSIE wine buffs it seems, are suddenly discovering Tempranillo, a Spanish red that although being grown in this country on cuttings brought from its motherland around the 1830s, for some reason never really took off.

But come the end of the last century things suddenly changed, and to meet newly burgeoning demand the area of vineyards turned over to the variety blossomed in just ten years from a mere 41ha Australia-wide, to over 475ha by 2010. And sales of resultant wines are today growing at a rate said to be faster than any other variety.

One maker with an exceptional Tempranillo is the Clare Valley's Mr Mick Wines, their currently available 2014 a nicely full-bodied drop with pronounced varietal cherry and strawberry fruit flavours, a hint of spice and a long and lingering finish.

And all of which makes for it being a great drop with a homeland favourite, patatas con chorizo – potatoes with chorizo sausage and chili, that you could possibly say equates to something a bit like Spanish bangers and mash, and a bit spicy.

At $17 enjoy it with that homeland dish, or equally with tacos, nachos or burritos.

for week beginning 19 September  2016

No comments: