Those who have followed my blog for some time, know that I have been critical of many attempts in Australia to fashion 'alternative varieties' at quality levels similar to, say, those varieties in Italy or Spain. However, I have been impressed by the 2015 Henschke Stone Jar Tempranillo.
Although this wine shares the black label of its famous single vineyard icons, it is not made in the mould of those wines. This wine is bright, in your face. Red and black cherry flavours attack the front palate, and mocca accompanies this down the palate. Firm acidity reins in the fruit. This wine is well structured and it stands out. This Tempranillo may be a bit sharp for some, but I enjoyed it.