2016 Selene Barossa Valley Tempranillo

Deep ruby red colour with intense dark cherry and smoked plum aromatics that are hinged around complex dried herb and spice aromatics. On the palate a fleshy black-fruit core is surrounded by a layered line of textural savoury tannins.

$45.00

93 Pts

James Suckling (Erin Larkin)

A red with attractive blackberry, black cherry, bark, and walnut. Some nutmeg, too. It’s full and layered with chewy tannins and a savory finish. A little woody. Yet, it’s very drinkable and impressive, with varietal character.

Grape Variety:

  • Tempranillo 100%

Technical Details:

  • Alcohol 14.5%|pH 3.65|Acidity 6.1 g/L|Residual sugar: nil

Vineyards:

  • Light Pass 17 year-old vines

The Tempranillo is grown in the Light Pass sub-region of the Barossa Valley, which is classic red soil over limestone, and sits high on the eastern edge of the Valley. Likely, the oldest planting of Tempranillo in the region, planted in 1999 and is managed with low-input sustainable viticultural practices.

The fruit was hand-harvested, destemmed and fermented in both open-topped stainless steel fermenters and a 900 litre closed oak-cask. Extended skin contact pre and post fermentation together with daily hand plunging was utilised to gently extract colour and tannin.
After 30 days on skins the ferments were pressed to a mix of new and seasoned 500 litres French oak Puncheons for maturation. Matured undisturbed for 30 months, then naturally clarified and bottled without filtration.

The timing of the first full moon in the Barossa Valley each harvest typically lines up with the Tempranillo harvest of the Light Pass Vineyard. This harvest moon wine is our offering to Selene, the Greek Goddess of the moon, the celestial-beauty that resembles fertility and productivity.

Optimum year 2026

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