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Luna Temprana Tempranillo 2015

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Tasting Notes

Our 2015 Luna Temprana is a bright, fleshy, early drinking wine, similar to the Joven styles of Spain. We called the wine Luna Temprana as Temprana is youthful and early and Luna denotes the wine’s growth via the lunar cycle. Picked on fruit days, naturally fermented, with minimal intervention and no filtration this wine emphasises the true characteristics of the vineyard. Click here for the full biodynamic story behind our Tempranillo wines.
Temprana - a fresh and fruity joven style


Colour

Ruby with purple hue.

Nose

Aromas of cherry, mulberry, boysenberry, plum, cola and maple syrup

Food Pairings

Pork buns or pork and cabbage dumplings.

Palate

The palate is generous and juicy, with dominant cherry and plum flavours. Medium weight with velvety and ripe tannins. Well balanced acidity and integrated oak leading to a long vibrant finish.

Specifications

Varietals

100% Tempranillo - Sourced from our premium vineyards in McLaren Vale.

Alcohol

12.9 %

Cellaring potential

2015 - 2017

Winemaker's notes

The Luna Temprana vineyard is always harvested by hand following our biodynamic rhythm. In 2015 we harvested on the 12th February at full flavour and tannin maturity. The fruit was crushed and cold soaked with no acid addition. Fermentation occurred naturally in tank with 20% whole bunch, very gently pumped over for soft tannin extraction. The wine was pressed off skins early and drained into old oak puncheons to finish off malolactic fermentation. Racked, stabilised and bottled.

Awards & Accolades

Awards

2015. Gold, Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2015
2015. Silver, New Zealand International Wine Show 2015
2015. 91 Points, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016
2014. 90 points, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015
2013. 90 points, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014
2013. 4 Stars and Top in Category, Winestate Magazine - Best of Style Tastings 2014
2013. 4 stars, Winestate Magazine - McLaren Vale Tasting 2013
2013. Silver, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2013

Accolades

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.

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