The Granite Belt doesn't have a flagship variety but Tempranillo has really taken to the district. There are some fabulous expressions of it, and perhaps, this release from Tobins Wines can press claims for the best.
I must admit, it is hard to recall a Tempranillo with such evocative and attractive scents. Black olives, purple flowers, potpourri and cola send my mind to higher places. So captivating from the outset yet they open up further more with time in the glass. Black cherries, licorice, black plums, some char and cured meat slowly unfurl through the mouth. That cola element keeps ticking away with an absolute subtle cured meat presence plus a drop or two of soy. Delicate and dangerously smooth, its silky feels are dangerously moreish. Earthy to close with a touch of firmish tannins, this is all class. Bravo!
Drink to six years.
95/100Region: Granite Belt