2017 Angullong Fossil Hill Tempranillo

94 POINTS, James Halliday Wine Companion //  93 POINTS Huon Hooke

Tempranillo is one of Spain’s most famous wine varieties. It has become one of our most popular wines, and is consistently awarded in the wine show circuit. The 2016 vintage is a wine of lovely complexity, with fragrant dark fruit aromas within a context of tar, herbs and spice. The flavours are similar with a delightful savouriness. It is a firm wine with attractive texture and integrated chewy tannins that will soften with time in the cellar.

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94 Points  “Matured in 20% new oak. The vines were grafted onto marsanne roots 10 years ago. This is tempranillo, pure and simple, with vibrant cherry fruit leading a complex array of fresh berry fruits and cut and thrust.” James Halliday, 2020 Wine Companion


93 Points  “A medium red with purple hues, the nose has lifted red cherry with cinnamon and clove spice. A complex array of cherry and raspberry fruit give a prettiness to the wine with tannin and acid present but not taking away from the primary fruit characters. There is an understated earthiness to the wine that melds with the fruit to finish. Excellent length with a touch of charcuterie if you look hard.” The Wine Reviewer, Oct 2018


“… dark ruby with purple hues. The aromas are complex with fragrant dark berries within a context of tar, herbs and spice. The palate contains flavours of dark cherry, plum and savoury.” Have a go News, Frank Smith, Apr 2019

GRAPE VARIETY: Tempranillo
REGION: Orange & Central Ranges, NSW
WINEMAKING: Fermented in open fermenters followed by maturation in French oak (20% new with the balance comprising 2 and 3 year old puncheons) for 12 months.
COLOUR: Dark ruby with a youthful purple hue.
AROMA: Complex aromas of fragrant dark berries within a context of tar, herbs and spice.
PALATE: Youthful and fresh dark cherry, plum and savoury flavours. It is a firm wine with attractive texture and integrated chewy tannins that will soften with time.
WINE ANALYSIS: Alc/vol: 14.0%, 8.3 Std drinks
ADDITIVES: Made using traditional methods. Some traces of egg products may remain. Preservative 220 added.
PEAK DRINKING: This wine is drinking well now, and will develop well over the medium term.
FOOD MATCHES: Roast or barbequed meats; venison, lamb and beef.