Friday, January 4, 2008

Review and Rating: ***+ Pondalowie MT Unwooded Tempranillo, 2005, Victoria, Australia


Tempranillo is a grape more traditionally associated with Spanish vineyards. But recently, Australia has begun more aggressive work with the plummy grape.

The Pondalowie is very deep red in the glass, with purple edges. The nose is fresh, fruity and somewhat bright. On the palate, the wine is sweet, rich and full bodied in its fruit. One of my favorite tempranillo's to this point. Three plus stars out of five.

James Halliday of the Australian Wine Companion is quite a fan of Pondalowe Winery, saying it is an "outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity."

With respect to the Pondalowie MT Unwooded Tempranillo, the winemaker says, "We named this wine ‘MT’ as a tribute to the expression ‘Minha Terra’, a term used by Quinta do Crasto winery workers when describing the place that is their home or where they come from. This seemed appropriate for a wine that is a unwooded expression of the Tempranillo variety grown at our home, Bridgewater on Loddon. Aromas of cherries, raspberry, cola, leafy tobacco and mineral characters precede a palate rich with soft red berry, cherry fruits and earthiness."

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