Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Simon Pemberton Pearse 2004 Cabernet Tempranillo

It's from the same Simon Pemberton Pearce concept as our rave riesling and it really impressed us at a time, leading into summer, when we really weren't looking for reds. But we couldn't resist grabbing some to tell you about.
Tim Pearce is the winemaker so not surprisingly it's called Tim's Cabernet Tempranillo. There's a cute little story on the back label of Tim tramping the countryside looking for the perfect grapes for his vision. He found the Cabernet in McLaren Vale and the King Valley and the Tempranillo close to Mildura. It's a shame that the concept has since been canned because it really works.
The nose is all berry fruit, plum and spice. Palate is medium weight and incredibly spicy with a balancing tannic grip at the end. Alcohol is a restrained 12.5% and it's always gratifying to see how well that works after a decade of blockbusters. The other delight with this wine is that it doesn't reveal all on the first sip. If you can give it time to evolve in the glass you'll be truly rewarded.

RRP: $15
Our Price: $10 per bottle


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