2011 Ridgemill Estate Tempranillo

Ridgemill Estate operates from the Granite Belt in Queensland, about 3 hours drive from the Brisbane CBD.  in the past its felt like the Brisbane wine scene owed the local product some sort of sympathy vote.

But no more.  This is for real.

A ripe, full bodied set of smells – milk chocolate and coffee grounds, cola, black olives, wintergreen.  All good things, if hinting at something heavyweight and ripe, which is clearly not the case.  This is in a nice groove.  Ripe red and black cherries, plum skin, touch of cola and some sawn pine, which I think are Tempranillo tannins.  All touched with redcurrant acidity.  Lovely length and persistence, leaving behind fine boned tannins to close out.  Like this a lot. Great direction for the Granite Belt to go.  Food friendly and versatile across a range of red meats from smoky BBQ to roasts.  89/100, bronze medal standard easily.  No need for any local product bonus.

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5 Responses to 2011 Ridgemill Estate Tempranillo

  1. Andrew says:

    Wow – didn’t see Jeremys note on this wine, only saw his note on the Chardonnay. Uncannily similar flavour descriptors, but it seems it has developed a bit in the 16 months in between.
    But whats done is done, I rate this.

  2. Lincoln says:

    Can I get a bottle locally?

  3. Andrew says:

    Craft might have one,

  4. Andrew says:

    Tried this again last night – not so good. Citrussy acids this time, which dont sit so well with the milk chocolatey ripe palate.
    Might be a case of Cellar Door excitement – i wanted to like this more than I really did. 85 points this time.

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