Ulithorne ‘SPECIALIS’ Tempranillo Grenache 2016


SPECIALIS: [Latin] special; project

The “Special Project” was inspired by our infatuation with the wines of Northern Spain. This wine is an inspiration of the complimentary connection between glass and plate that Ulithorne was entrusted to develop for a  Sydney chef’s trendy new high-end restaurant. The wine was made in line with the principles of our Rhone core, however, due to the Spanish influence the wine is a “Black Sheep” of our Ulithorne family.

The Specialis is earthy and brambly with fresh cherries, plums, and a hint of dried spice. It’s a savoury wine with chewy tannins, 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 and spice. Our Specialis is individually numbered.


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The Source

69% Tempranillo, 25% Grenache, and 6% Graciano grapes grown in the McLaren Vale wine region. 

The Process

The early ripening of Tempranillo was fermented in small open fermenters whilst hand plunging twice a day, then basket pressed. 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.

The Technicalities

Alcohol: 13.5% | pH: 3.45 | Acidity: 6.13g/L 

The Accolades

“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, liquorice and sweet spice flavour.  This screams, “Drink me!” 95 points – Peter Nixon, DMWP

“Bottle number 4648, suitably heavyweight. A Spanish speciality, with the high-toned red berry fruits of the mid-palate on song, and gently savoury spices to finish – perhaps a little too gently.” 91 points – James Halliday