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Running with BullsRunning With Bulls Tempranillo is leading the rush of Mediterranean varietals that make exciting wine in South Australia’s soil and climate.

Known to thrive in a range of conditions around the world; Tempranillo has an affinity with the Barossa region, where an ideal climate helps to showcase the stylish fruit flavours of this emerging variety.

In 1999, after several study visits to Spain, Tempranillo was grafted onto old Barossa rootstock. That experimental fruit whet the appetite and led to further plantings.

Encouraged with the success of Tempranillo in the Barossa, we planted Tempranillo in our Wrattonbully vineyards in 2002. The vineyard site was chosen for its soil types (principally shallow red soils over limestone), undulating aspect and reliable climate.

The grapes are grown with an emphasis on vineyard sustainability; due to vineyard conditions little intervention is needed. This results in a healthy and diverse population of natural microflora that piggybacks on the grapes into the winery and begins the natural fermentation.

The results are the Australian interpretation of the native styles of the Mediterranean, expressing individual regional characters.

Running with Bulls Barossa Tempranillo

The 2013 Barossa Tempranillo has an expressive bouquet that opens up in the glass to reveal fruits of the forest, bramble and dark chocolate with hints of cinnamon and dried lavender. The wine is juicy and plush exhibiting flavours of Satsuma plum and chocolate, finishing with pomegranate crunch and long rustic tannins. Try with a spicy chorizo, red onion and capsicum pizza.

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Running with Bulls Wrattonbully Tempranillo

The vineyard for the Running with Bulls Wrattonbully Tempranillo 2012 is in the heart of the Wrattonbully grape growing area. There are two Tempranillo blocks within the vineyard. One is eastwest facing along a rise of red soil over limestone, the other faces north-south following down a slope with red soil on limestone at the top, giving way to more alluvial soil at the base.

Press & Awards

Running with Bulls makes two wines from tempranillo, one from the Barossa and one from the cooler Wrattonbully region. I love both, but for this week’s dishes I’m choosing Wrattonbully. Brooding dark blueberry fruit leaps from the glass. This is dense and savoury wine. There’s iodine and marzipan character with some lovely grippy, pithy tannins. There’s a touch of anise and clove spices, too, but while there’s plenty of dark dense flavour, the wine still seems light on its feet. The finish is bright and dry. There’s certainly some good cellaring potential here but not in my house, so I’m off to buy some lamb.” - Fergus McGhie, Canberra Times, 23 February 2013

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