crabtree-watervale-tempranillo-2009
crabtree-watervale-tempranillo-2009

Crabtree Watervale Tempranillo 2009

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Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Tempranillo

Closure: Screwcap

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Crabtree Watervale Tempranillo 2009

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Camberwell VIC 3124
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Producer: Crabtree

Country: Australia

Region: Clare Valley

Vintage: 2009

Critic Score: 90

Alcohol: 14.0%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: Now


The versatility of the Clare is on full parade here. It has a honed structure, bitter dark chocolate notes and a restrained, textured finish - Tyson Stelzer

Crabtree Watervale Wines was founded in 1849. The original homestead, which now serves as the cellar door, is heritage listed. English born Robert Crabtree purchased the property in 1984 and built a small modern winery, reconditioned the listed homestead and upgraded much of the vineyard. He was responsible for the more recent plantings of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and Riesling.

"The versatility of the terroir of the Clare is on full parade here. Unlike many New World attempts, there's no mistaking this wine for a shiraz, thanks to its honed structure, bitter dark chocolate notes and restrained, textured finish."  Tyson Stelzer

"Tempranillo is the great grape of Rioja and Navarra in north central Spain - a land of harsh grandeur, and very comparable to the climate of Clare, and when the opportunity arose to acquire some Tempranillo rootlings from Clare Valley Vine Improvement Society, I jumped at the chance. They seem to have taken to their new surroundings very well and are fulfilling all the promise we optimistically believed in.

The 2009 is our seventh offering of this variety, and I like to think that each new release has been a positive step forward from the previous one. The wine was fermented in small two-tonne open fermenters and was basket pressed, and aged in old and new (15%) French oak for six months.

The wine shows the classic Tempranillo character of savoury cherry fruit, along with lovely, slightly floral aromas and characters, with raspberries coming through on the palate. With each year of vine maturity we are getting increasing depth of flavour from the fruit, and as per our previous vintages, we think the wine is an excellent match with a good quality pizza; our favourite food to have with this wine."  Crabtree

Expert reviews

"The versatility of the terroir of the Clare is on full parade here. Unlike many New World attempts, there's no mistaking this wine for a shiraz, thanks to its honed structure, bitter dark chocolate notes and restrained, textured finish."  Tyson Stelzer, Gourmet Traveller Wine – Wines for the Boot

"Bright colour; from estate plantings in '99 and '03, open-fermented, basket pressed and French oak matured for six months; has layers of red and black cherries, a pinch of spice and controlled tannins. Screwcap. 14% alc. Drink Now."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 90 points

About the winery

Crabtree Wines Vineyard

The Crabtree Watervale Wines estate was founded in 1849. The original homestead, which now serves as the cellar door, is heritage listed. The estate, originally a well-respected orchard, was purchased by the Glaetzer family in the 1930s. They were largely responsible for the planting of the vineyards as they are today. Surviving vines from the 1940s still provide premium fruit for Crabtree estate wines.

English born Robert Crabtree purchased the property in 1984 and built a small modern winery, He reconditioned the homestead and upgraded much of the vineyard. He was responsible for the more recent plantings of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and Riesling. Robert's vision was to develop a wine business modeled on the famous French Burgundy estates that are renowned for their wines that truly reflect the terroir of the site.

In 2007, after 23 years at the helm of Crabtree, Robert sold the property to the current owners Richard and Jason Cane.

Wine region map of South Australia

South Australia

South Australian is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. It is home to more than 900 wineries across 18 wine regions. The regions are Adelaide Hills, Adelaide Plains, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Currency Creek, Eden Valley, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Mount Benson, Mount Gambier, Padthaway, Riverland, Robe, Southern Fleurieu, Southern Flinders Ranges and Wrattonbully.

Many of the well-known names in the South Australian wine industry established their first vineyards in the late 1830s and early 1840s. The first vines in McLaren Vale were planted at Reynella in 1839 and Penfold's established Magill Estate on the outskirts of Adelaide in 1844.

South Australia has a vast diversity in geography and climate which allows the State to be able to produce a range of grape varieties - from cool climate Riesling in the Clare and Eden Vallies to the big, full bodied Shiraz wines of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Two of Australia's best-known wines, Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace, are produced here. There is much to discover in South Australia for the wine lover.