Glandore Estate is in the Hunter Valley, established in 2004. Duane Roy is the General manager and Winemaker of Glandore Estate, lovely enough to send a case to review here – and on trying their first wine, I was impressed! Gladore Estate’s aim is to produce wines of great character, regionality and style from the traditional varieties know in the Hunter Valley, and show how well they can grow Tempranillo, which is growing popularity in Australia, along with Sangiovese (Italian grape).
Their Tempranillo 2008 is the first one I’ve had, on the weekend at lunch at a pizza joint in Surry Hills. It was very juicy, fruity and quite well rounded. Riper than I expected, and had a fresh purple colour. It had a soft acidity and low tannins, therefore very easy drinking, and well liked by others who tried this wine at lunch. Went well with delicate and tender beef carpaccio, with olives beforehand. I also enjoyed it with a pesto chicken risotto I had as a main. This wine is good with a range of foods that have a deep but delicate structure and/or taste. Also great of course with Spanish style dishes/tapas. Tempranillo from Spain is labelled Rioja (the region it is from).
GLANDORE ESTATE: Tempranillo 2008
Retail: $25, Member’s price $20
Where: 1595 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley NSW
Ph: 02 4998 7140
Opinion: Recommended and good value! Easy juicy drinking, and good starter wine.
They also have their 2008 TPR Tempranillo, a little more expensive at $35 retail, but if their $25 Tempranillo is good I’m sure this has a lot to offer. This will be reviewed soon, including other wines to be reviewed from Glandore Wines such as 2009 Elliott Semillon, 2009 DPJ Chardonnay, 2007 Estate Shiraz and 2007 Hamish Shiraz.