Running With Bulls Tempranillo, Raffa Vineyards, Barossa Valley, South Australia 2016
100% Tempranillo with 7 months in Bulgarian oak barrels.
Crimson in colour, the bouquet opens with black cherry, cola and lavender supported by notes of chocolate and black pepper. The velvet like palate has fleshy boysenberry and spice, followed by plush powdery tannins. This is a wine that is inherently drinkable. Enjoy with smoky chilli chicken with barbecued corn and crushed avocado tacos or garlic and thyme roasted mushrooms on sourdough.
A brilliant wine frequently picked as a best buy in the wine press.
'A sense of Barossan generosity adorns the 2013 Running With Bulls Tempranillo. It's augmented by a fragrant edge that casts my mind to a continental small goods shop; cured meat, black olive and cola nut, but these more exotic notes remain a mere side plate to its aromatic main course of cherries, blackberries and plums, all expressed with ripe regional character and sensitively used oak. Somewhat luscious and silky, its medium-medium/full bodied palate expresses cherry and plum fruits and appears to be definitively more regional than varietal. For those who choose to ignore this minor quibble, it actually drinks really well. It's smooth, brightly flavoured and flows along seamless curves, allowing its good length of juicy fruit to saturate the back palate underneath a balancing framework of approachable, ticklish Tempranillo tannins.' Chris Plummer Australian Wine Journal http://australianwinejournal.blogspot.com
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