Wednesday wines: Tempranillo | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Wednesday wines: Tempranillo

Queensland wines are starting to come of age, and no region is more worth breaking out the expensive glasses for (you know, the ones you never take out of the cupboard) than the Granite Belt. This region, located around Stanthorpe, is one of Australia’s coolest wine regions – we’re talking 26C in January here, people. You’ve probably never stopped to think about why the Granite Belt is so named (we certainly haven’t), but for all the wine geeks out there, it’s very relevant to the creation of the regions impressive wines. With soil made up of ancient granite that has decomposed over millions of years and been covered by layers of sand, it’s got the ability to create wines that are both powerfully structured and intensely aromatic, giving you serious wow factor. To celebrate Queensland Wine Week last week, we went on the hunt for a wine that truly represents what the region is about. After an intense search and many, many wines (it’s a hard life), it was Symphony Hill’s 2013 Tempranillo that came out on top. A grape variety you’ll be familiar with if you’ve had any Spanish reds, Tempranillo has been doing well in the Australian wine scene, and Symphony Hill’s in particular is making waves. With notes of blueberries, blackcurrant and cherry followed up by distinctive cola notes that are typical of the variety, the palate is intensely fresh and structured with tightly grained tannins, the fruit gliding gracefully all the way to the finish leaving suggestions of jamon in its wake. Wine: 2012 Symphony Hill Granite Belt Tempranillo Retail Price: $34, Stewarts Wine Co. Food Match: BBQ lamb or a plate of Jamon Iberico Location Match: A rustic barbeque around a fire pit in The Granite Belt Listen: On My Mind by Powderfinger (Bernard Fanning happens to be a fan of Tempranillo) Words by James Cooper