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Whitebox Heathcote Tempranillo 2008

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2008 Whitebox Heathcote Tempranillo


The 2008 season in Heathcote began ideally, with excellent winter rainfall.  After a mild spring, the ripening period continued to look promising, with mild to warm weather continuing well into January.  Occasional hot days and summer rains punctuated the otherwise warm conditions. A savage 15 day heat wave late in the season caused havoc for many growers, however we were fortunate enough to harvest the bulk of our fruit prior to this.



The tempranillo fruit for this wine was sourced from our family-owned Heathcote vineyard. Primary fermentation was carried out in traditional open fermenters, with some post-ferment maceration. Following pressing and malo-lactic fermentation, this wine was allowed to mature with minimal intervention other than the subtle influence of French oak.



Deep crimson in colour, the Whitebox 2008 Heathcote Tempranillo shows strong varietal character with aromas of black-cherry, cinnamon and tobacco. The rich, dark fruit flavours typical of this variety are supported by firm tannins and spicy oak that combine with well-balanced acid to create a complex wine with a lingering, earthy finish.



Whitebox wines are fashioned with respect to terroir and tradition. Drinking well now, this wine will continue to develop in the bottle for many years to come.



This wine’s Spanish roots make it a versatile food match. We recommend serving it with hearty meat dishes or strongly flavoured cheeses.  It is equally at home with a barbeque, or a robust winter casserole.