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Adelaide Plains is a hot dry region despite its proximity to the sea. It lies just to the north of the city of Adelaide, and abuts the Barossa Valley to the east.
The topography of this region is flat which is very suitable for large scale, low cost viticulture. Warm dry summers necessitate irrigation but the risk of fungal diseases is very low.
One suspects that much of the production here is vinified elsewhere and sold under the generic tag of "South East Australia".
There are however some vineyards and wineries that stand out from this picture, many of those involved have Italian heritage and a leaning towards Italian varieties.
Joe Grillo of Primo Estate started in this region where he made a name for himself with La Biondina Colombard. Nowadays Primo Estate is located in McLaren Vale.
As mentioned above this region is dominated by broad acre production of grapes to be vinified elsewhere. Thus Shiraz, Cabernet and Chardonnay dominate. But there are a few producers who have some interesting alternatives. For example Joe Cervola uses Cortese, a rare white wine variety from the Piedmont region of Italy.Ceravolo Premium Wines Barbera, Cortese, Dolcetto, Picolit, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Dominic Versace Wines Moscato, Sangiovese, Old Plains Trincadeira, Tinto Cao, Touriga, Tenafeate Creek Wines Durif, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Virgara Wines Alicante Bouschet, Malbec, Moscato, Sangiovese Updated 4 December 2019
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This dozen contains 2 bottles from each of six different producers in several regions. It gives you a good overview of the styles of Australian Tempranillo.
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