Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2015
New Zealand International Wine Show 2015
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014
4 Stars and Top in Category,
Winestate Magazine - Best of Style Tastings 2014
Winestate Magazine - McLaren Vale Tasting 2013
McLaren Vale Wine Show 2013
The Advertiser - September 2015
No doubt about this certified organic and biodynamic beauty - it's joven styling is clear, young, fresh and ready to go. It is bright-eyed in the glass with fresh cherry juices plus a sweeter spice sense of vanilla and cola that's quite typical of the variety in milder climates, backed up here with more savoury layers of tannins that hallmark the grape as well. It's a good match for a robust spread. 4 Stars
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion - July 2015
The appeal is easy to see. An immensely fresh, vibrant, fruit-filled wine, void of oak and high on drinkability. Glorious in its own youthful way. Rating: 90
The 3 Wines Men - June 2015
Like tasting a little drop of Spain. This is a light fruit driven style that we have not had a lot of experience or should I say pleasure of drinking much before & I'm sure we're not alone with so many Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot varieties on the market these days. The nose is bang on with Mike Brown's tasting notes with warm maple syrup, vanilla along with bright cherries, fresh plums and a few other goodies. It's light to medium in weight & slips down the throat with ease but not before those red fruits (cherry and maybe a little raspberry) tickle the all parts of the mouth. In closing, it's a fresh, clean fruity wine with a certain grace & charm. Give it a try at the Gemtree cellar door if you're ever in the McLaren Vale region as I'm sure you'll find that's it a pleasant style which offers a nice change of pace from all the big bold reds that this great country produces.
Selector Magazine - Autumn 2015
Drawing on vintages in Spain, Gemtree winemaker Mike Brown is one of the leading pioneers of Tempranillo in this country. Engaging organic practices he consistently delivers top quality Temp, one in a Crianza style, and this one (2014 Temprana Tempranillo), in a Joven style, each as beguiling as the other. Lifted red berry, earth and spice. A medium weight palate with soft, ripe tannins and lovely acid freshness.
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - November 2014
Tempranillo made in a Joven style, fermented to 13.5% alc., with no oak contact. Dark, deep, black-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim. This has a soft, fresh and full nose with up-front dark raspberry and plum fruit aromas, along with boysenberry and jam elements, the aromatics primary, accessible and easy. Medium-full bodied, plush and juicy flavours of raspberries, plums and boysenberry jam form a rounded and well-packed core. The fruit is carried by grainy tannin textures, growing in grip, leading to a structured finish encasing the fruit. This is an up-front, plush, primary-fruited Tempranillo with raspberry and boysenberry flavours and a dry, grainy-textured mouthfeel. Match with pizza and barbecued red meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. Australian Certified Organic. 17.0/20, 4 Stars
Gourmet Traveller Magazine Mike Bennie - April 2014
'Luna Temprana Tempranillo is a true joven style and sourced from recently grafted vines. I've noticed an amazing intensity of colour and depth of flavour. It's totally different to Luna Roja in taste and structure. I thought here is an opportunity to further expand the creativity of tempranillo. The result is a lively, light, fresh and jubey red which spent time in stainless steel and older puncheons to capture vibrancy and bright flavours.