What is the best Tempranillo in Australia?

by Darby
(Willaimstown)

Reader Cam C asks the question


What, in your opinion is the best Tempranillo wine in Australia?

My answer:

The Tempranillo grape variety is now used by close to 200 winemakers throughout Australia, and each year more wineries are coming on stream and winemakers are becoming more experienced at using it. See Vinodiversity's List

Interestingly at last years' Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show a Tempranillo from Mayfords Wines in the Alpine Valleys wine region was awarded the trophy for the best wine of the Show. I'll have to trust the judgement of the judging panel on that one as I haven't tried one - it sold out.

Mount Majura in the Canberra District have made a very good wine from this variety for several years. But most inland regions are on the bandwagon with the variety. Brown Brothers is very good and available just about everywhere. Last year I was very impressed with Centennial vineyards in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Other more inland regions of NSW such as Hilltops, Orange and Mudgee will also become more prominent for this variety. I aslo think that it may become the signature red of the Granite Belt region of QLD. (Lucas Estate, Ridgemill Estate to name just two from this rapidly emerging region) The variety is also a winner in McLaren Vale. A few years ago I had a Brookland estate from Geographe (WA) that was very impressive.

Ooops... I haven't answered the question. It's a great variety and there are some lovely wines being produced already. If pressed I might opt for the centennial vineyards, but we are being spoilt for choice here.

Cam, and other readers are invited to comment on what they think is the best Tempranillo wine in Australia.

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Jun 25, 2015
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Ernest Hill NEW
by: Anonymous

The Andrew Watson Tempranillo by Ernest Hill is my fav

Dec 19, 2013
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Victorian Wine Show 2013 NEW
by: Anonymous

I knew it was and is the best Tempranillo in Victoria..Gold Medal AND Trophy for the Best Boutique Wine for 2013.
The 2012 Tempranillo From Eaglerange Estate IS the best around,the medal and trophy prove I was right.
I'm getting my supply early.

Nov 09, 2013
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Best Tempranillo NEW
by: Anonymous

The best Tempranillo I've tasted receintly was the Eaglerange Estate 3 daughters limited release 2012.
Winestate best in Northeast Victoria wine region.
Great plum and jubey, fruit tannins----simply fantastic at a reasonable price I mite ad.

Dec 30, 2012
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Tempus Two
by: Anonymous

After living in the UK and getting hooked on Rioja's, I stumbled on the Tempus Two Tempranillo and have to admit it was better than any of the Rioja's I've ever had, so that would be my choice

Nov 14, 2012
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mr mick
by: Anonymous

Best temp i have had is Mr.Micks from the clare valley SA, dont much like the name of the place or the design of the label but love the flavors their temp has

Nov 14, 2012
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mr mick
by: Anonymous

Best temp i have had is Mr.Micks from the clare valley SA, dont much like the name of the place or the design of the label but love the flavors their temp has

Nov 14, 2012
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Mr, Mick
by: Tim F

Best temp i have had is Mr.Micks from the clare valley SA, dont much like the name of the place or the design of the label but love the flavors their temp has

Nov 08, 2012
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Best Tempranillo in Oz?
by: Wilf

A question that's impossible to answer unless the quester has been fortunate enough to have tasted them all. I'm happy to recommend a 2009 Tempranillo from Banca Ridge in the Granite Belt. Banca Ridge is the label of the excellent educational facility at Stanthorpe, the Queensland College of Wine Tourism http://www.usq.edu.au/qcwt Cheers!

Sep 03, 2012
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mayford
by: reid

yes mayford from the alpine area of vic is the stand out aussie tempranillo .i am a lover of rioja temps.if all aussie temps were as good as this ,cabs and shiraz, red blends from wa would be in big trouble..petit verdots in aus are getting better pirramimmma and quilty are pushing hard .most wine lovers are bloody boring they only want what does not offend or challenge....ken

Jan 20, 2012
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Pondalowie Tempranillo
by: Anonymous

The best Tempranillo I have ever tasted is from the Heathcote range of Pondalowie's MT Tempranillo range. Regardless of which year, though 2008 is my favourite, the wine has a true consistency. I found Pondalowie by accident while travelling through Bendigo, but I have truly enjoyed the wine each year.

Jul 12, 2011
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Yendah 2005
by: Anonymous

A friend shared a bottle of Yendah (Casella Wines) Tempranello 2005 with us last night. It was luscious!

Nov 23, 2010
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Mazza 08 Tempranillo
by: Martin

Mazza has won its first gold medal.

The 2008 Tempranillo was awarded a gold medal AND the trophy for Best Spanish Varietal at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show in Mildura in November..

Oct 30, 2010
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Glandore Estates 2008 = the best I've had so far
by: JB

I tried this at a charity gala and bought a case. Such an easy drinking red. Perfect for when you can't decide between red or white. Really fruity tasting. Just beautiful.

Oct 11, 2010
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Best Tempranillo - Samuels Gorge?
by: Anonymous

Agree the Samuels Gorge is the best!

Aug 01, 2010
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The best Tempranillo
by: Old blue

Samuels Gorge is the best we have ever tried.

Sep 13, 2009
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Our best Tempranillo
by: Anonymous

had a great bottle of tempranillo, Banrock Station, smooth as. We had it with a lamb dish, bought out the best of both. We're converts now.

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