69% Tempranillo, 25% Grenache, and 6% Graciano grapes grown in the McLaren Vale wine region.
Tempranillo grapes are cooled as whole bunches overnight, crushed, then fermented in small open fermenters whilst hand plunging twice a day. Basket Pressed. Natural malolactic in barrel. The Grenache and Graciano are treated similarly though kept separate until final blending. The wine is aged in older French oak barrels for 14 months to mature well, but without oak influencing the flavour.
Alcohol: 13.5% | pH: 3.45 | Acidity: 6.13g/L
Vintage 2016: “Juicy and vibrant with plush red and purple fruit. Ripe and delicious. Moreish cola notes with deep red rose petal aromas.
Brimming with juicy black cherry, licorice and sweet spice flavour. This screams, “Drink me!” 95 points – Peter Nixon, DMWP
Vintage 2015: “It’s Latin, meaning “Special, Project”, and special it is. It’s a Tempranillo, Grenache, Graciano blend. There’s a high cocoa content, with chocolate on the nose. It’s very decadent across the palate, as fruit characters mix wickedly with savoury, and the aftertaste is long and sensual. 95 points and worth $30.” 95 points – Tony Key, The Key Report Australia
Vintage 2015: “An eclectic blend, and one seemingly well suited to McLaren Vale conditions. Generous vinosity and regionality take centre stage here, the individual varietal characters not so prominent, which may actually be the intention. Ripe and juicy on the bouquet and palate, showing some fruit sweetness with a savoury edge and quality tannin. Yes, it’s a food wine. Drink until 2025.” 92 points – James Halliday, Wine Companion
Vintage 2015: “The wine is attractively fragrant on the nose showing dark plum, raspberry coulis, clove and toasted nut characters with a touch of cocoa complexity. It is succulent and beautifully rounded on the palate, delivering fabulous fruit vibrancy and silky texture. The wine offers generosity as well as elegance, and finishes persistent and very fine. At its best: now to 2020.” 92 points – Wine Orbit NZ