Frank Camorra Tempranillo 2010

Frank Camorra is the well known chef and proprietor of first class Melbourne Spanish restaurant, MoVida.  I have eaten there many times, and authenticity and high standards, over a number of years, jump to mind.  He has put his name to a tempranillo from the 2010 vintage produced by Rosabrook Wines in the Margaret River, a region that shows potential with the variety.  Happily this is an outstandingly good wine, and frankly it bears more than a passing resemblance to a Rioja in terms of style.



The wine is bright, with a medium intensity ruby hue.  Its aromatics are complex - initial vanilla and cedar wood resolved to red plums, cloves, chocolate, anise, nutmeg and even a touch of dried turmeric.  In the mouth, the wine's distinguished features are its long persistence of flavour, which improved with time in the glass (and was even better the next day) and savoury balance.  It is a medium bodied and elegant expression of tempranillo, and overall, a high quality wine that is ready to drink over the next 3-4 years. I'd recommend decanting for 30 minutes prior to serving to fully show its character.  91 points (extremely good)


Abv: 14.6%
Price: $40.50
Source: sample
Vendors: Wine Selectors
Tasted: May 2012

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3 comments:

  1. The previous review I'd read of this wine was very timely. It was at a time when I'd tried some other Aus Temps that were just a poor attempt at the variety.

    Now I shouldn't compare to Rioja - I cannot help it - I don't do it with any other grape variety. I just have this issue with Temp and Rioja.

    This sounds a great wine to challenge my perception of Aus Temp.

    Cheers, Stu

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  2. Stu, I'm with you that tempranillo frequently underwhelms in Australia - the Margaret River seems to show most potential on my tastings so far. To be honest, I've found other regions a bit hit and miss. I ended up drinking more than a glass of this one I liked it so much, so give it a go :)

    Cheers
    Sean

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  3. I've only tried one Margaret River - the Juniper Estate - and it was a belter. Might try tap up Wine Selectors!

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