- Clare Valley, SA
With the help of Spaniard Isaac Muga, Tim Adams produced his first Reserve Tempranillo in 2005 from fruit grown at his Ladera vineyard in Clare (planted in 2004). Early results were encouraging to say the least, prompting Tim to follow up that 2005 wine with another sumptuously flavoured, perfumed effort from 2006.
Appearing a sinisterly dark crimson/magenta, it unravels to a floral perfume of black cherries, clove and cola with an underlying thread of herbal quality. Sumptuous and jammy, the syrupy palate announces almost cloying, essencse-like flavours of dark cherry partnered by suggestions of strawberry, which really do sink in deep. There's abundant character and genuine depth, but its layered finish of clove, herb and menthol notes just lacks the tannin structure and penetrating length to of been truly exceptional.
ü+ A marvellous, generously flavoured and deep Aussie tempranillo which completely belies its young vine material. I'll be looking forward to future releases of this wine with great anticipation (from 2014 onwards especially). Drink to 2013.