Angullong Fossil Hill Tempranillo 2011

I'll need to get out my soil maps, but I was interested to see that this wine is grown on a mixture of limestone and volcanic soils in a cool climate with the vineyard at 600m of altitude in Orange, and thus presumably the name Fossil Hill.

Ruby in colour, this tempranillo has aromatics of dark plums, pepper, a ripe blueberry like character and wood spice.  Its length is short to medium, and acidity a bit higher.  Flavours of redcurrant, tart raspberries and oddly enough blackberry jam come through, with a spicy undergrowth flavour ever present and adding an exotic touch.  I think this is an acceptable to good quality wine on the grounds of the purity of fruit flavours and the hints of exotic spices, although the acidity is perhaps higher than I prefer.  This wine is ready to drink now, and over the next few years.  Acceptable to Good

Abv: 13.5%
Price: $22
Source: sample
Vendors: Check
Tasted: 2013
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March 27, 2013

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