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James Halliday gives 2012 Tempranillo 96 Points

Thursday, July 17, 2014

James Halliday, one of Australia's most respected wine critics, has given us a spectacular review of our 2012 Tempranillo in his latest Wine Companion magazine.

James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine/ August-September 2014
2012 Tempranillo

"Smart new professionally designed and beautifully printed front and back labels are fitting for a wine with such vibrant crimson colour, and a richness of fruit achieved at 14% alcohol that is hard to believe (and please understand I am not doubting the alcohol). It has a bevy of fleshy fruit flavours of cherry, raspberry and plum accompanied by spice, a hint of oak and exemplary tannins. This would make them sit up and take notice in Rioja"


Sixth Generation Chris Killeen planted Iberian grape varieties in the 1980s and 1990s to pursue his passion for Portuguese-style Port. He planted Tinta Roriz in the vineyard (of which is more commonly known in Australia by its Spanish name-Tempranillo) among many others and we are today reaping the benefits of high-quality grapes that love Rutherglen's climate. In 2008 and 2009, Simon Killeen produced for the first time a savoury table wine using several Iberian varieties in honour of his father who died from cancer in 2007. 'The Prince 2008', so called after 'The Prince of Port', was a delicious mix of Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao and Souzao. 

In 2012, we released a single variety trio of Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional and Souzão, of which the latter two are now sold out. Stanton and Killeen will continue to release innovative and high-quality wines with a focus on not only flavour but also pursuing these Iberian grape varieties that are well suited to Australia's changing climate and the next generation of curious wine consumers. To secure some of the last remaining bottles, click here.