Ulithorne SPECIALIS Tempranillo Grenache Graciano 2015
Earthy, brambly with fresh cherries and plums and a hint of dried herbs. Savoury with some spice. Chewy tannins with good flavour persistence and balanced acidity.
The addition of a small parcel of Graciano to the blend added complexity with a touch of dried herbs & spice.
2015 Vintage was a bit earlier than usual due to a drier than normal growing season and ripening was quite rapid during February, leading to a condensed vintage. The fruit shows strong tannin profile and good natural acidity.
Ulithorne SPECIALIS Tempranillo Grenache 2014
Our Ulithorne Winemakers saw an opportunity to make this wine as a special project, hence the Latin name “Specialis”. It is the exploration of the classic northern Spanish blend, using premium McLaren Vale GI Tempranillo and Grenache, hand picked fruit from old vines.
Vintage 2014 was another small vintage for McLaren Vale. The quality of fruit is superb, and somehow a little more restrained and elegant than the 2013 vintage. Summer and Autumn offered long cooler days, which allowed for a longer maturation period and time for the grapes to ripen evenly and for natural acidity to build in line with the Baumé. After the brilliant flavours that the 2013 Grenache brought, the 2014 Grenache has all the restraint and gentleness that holds Grenache through the cellaring time. The Tempranillo from one of Ulithorne’s long term growers showed power of flavor – in both depth and prettiness that are often hallmarks of some of the great Spanish Tempranillo. This vintage offered fruit flavours of earth, raspberries and spice. Combine that with the elegance of the Grenache from this vintage, and an opportunity to make a wonderful new food-focused wine presented itself.
Tasting Notes Juicy, earthy, wine of the land. Fruit of sweet and savoury cherries and plums, with a hint of spice. Soft but present tannins and supporting acidity. Great food wine, particularly with roasted meats and winter vege, but with a finesse that doesn’t weigh it down to being just a ‘meat’ wine.