Our Joven or "young" wine is a zippy, fresh interpretation of the classic Tempranillo grape. Red berries, sour cherry, & pomegranate fruits along with a low level of tannins and bright acidity, make this an ideal wine to enjoy in its youth.
Our Joven or “young” wine is a zippy, fresh interpretation of the classic Tempranillo grape. Blue and red berries, sour cherry, red currant, violets & pomegranate, along with a soft tannins, bright acidity and a slight herbal edge make this an ideal wine to enjoy on its own, or perhaps even chilled on a hot day.
Hand picked and hand sorted, lots of Tempranillo were destemmed, lightly crushed and fermented in small 1 ton open topped fermenters using a combination of both wild and selected yeast strains. The ferments were punched down by hand 2-3 times daily by hand and then after 12 days of skin contact were pressed into stainless steel tank and neutral oak barrels. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for an additional 9 months on fine lees before being racked, blended with a small amount of Dolcetto, and then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Unlike the previous vintage of this wine, we chose to age a portion of it in neutral American and French barrels. The remaining portion was aged in stainless steel, in order to preserve the bright, juicy fruit profile that’s synonymous with this wine. We also blended in a tiny portion (3%) of Dolcetto from our Shuttleworth Creek vineyard, which we felt added a bit of an herbal and savoury character, to complement the fruit and the brightness of the wine.
Food Pairing Notes
Classic: Spanish tapas (olives, sardines, croquettas, calamari, albondigas, cheese boards), robust & spicy lamb dishes, charcuterie (jamon & chorizo especially), paella, Moroccan spiced tagines, American BBQ
Adventurous: Mexican food, hamburgers, spicy Indian dishes, Cajun dishes, and most dishes with chillies.