Dry Spur 2015
Dry Spur 2015
The Dry Spur block has a north-easterly aspect and thin soils particularly at the top of the rows. It consistently makes more savoury Tempranillo with dark fruit and fine-grained tannins.
Dry Spur (0.934Ha) was originally planted to merlot in 1999 and has been grafted/replanted to tempranillo since 2009. This wine comes from clone D8V12 from the first 0.391Ha of the block. The block lies 170 metres to the north of the Rock block and rises 30 metres to 698m elevation with a north-easterly aspect. Soil depth declines up the slope, being thin and bony at the top. Quality from this block has been consistently high in the few years we've harvested it. It is slightly earlier ripening with darker fruit flavours and grainy tannins.
(No 2016 Dry Spur was made, the 2017 will be released when we release the other 2017 single sites).
The colour is medium deep and the bouquet is savoury with some earth, toast and sweaty sulfide notes, which dissipate quickly. The wine is elegantly structured with medium to full-body and good extract, some tannin firmness in balance, and a little alcohol warmth to close with. It's a very attractive wine with aromatic appeal and fresh fruit aplenty. 93/100 (Huon Hooke).
Punchy dark berry, dark cherry, malt and black olive, faint game meat perfume. Concentrated flavours in a medium weight frame, the wine sloshes with authority in the palate yet holds a building pucker to tighten in the reigns. It’s brooding in a way, certainly at the darker end of the tempranillo spectrum, yet has a freshness, and feel of emery-like tannins with a lick of crushed granite for good measure. Serious. Good. Rated : 93 Points (Mike Bennie).
Gold Medal, Six Nations Wine Challenge 2017