LA CONQUISTA!* Barossa Tempranillo + Garnacha + Graciano 2017

LA CONQUISTA!* Barossa Tempranillo + Garnacha + Graciano 2017

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The vinous rematch of the 1811 Battle at Barrosa Ridge where Spain fought off attacking French forces. La Conquista! pitches Tempranillo and Garnacha on the attack, ruffling feathers amongst the Barossa Old Guard varieties of French descent. The original Spanish spelling of Barrosa honours the original name given to our Barossa Valley by Colonel Light who fought in the 1811 battle.

Tempranillo parcels from Gomersal on the Western ridge and Williamstown in the Barossa’s southern hills were individually matured for seven months, in seasoned American and French puncheons and Hogsheads, then blended with Garnacha from 50 year old vines in the Lyndoch foothills picked late February, giving the ripe juicy fruit needed to flesh out the structure of Tempranillo’s complex and savoury fruit. The final blend is tempranillo, old vine garnacha and graciano. Cherry and cola aromas mingle with hints of chocolate and spicy orals. a dark yet luminous crimson colour hints at the rich semi-savoury dark cherry and cola palate that nishes with a hint of grenache red cherry juiciness.

Drink at your local too-cool-for-school laneway tapas bar or at home with rare lamb or homemade pizza.

Winemakers: Daniel Chaffey Hartwig + Theo Engela
Varieties: Tempranillo, Grenache, Graciano
Region: Barossa
Alc/Vol: 14.0%
pH: 3.6
Acidity: 5.7
Bottle size: 750 mL


2019
91pts "Barossa blend of tempranillo, garnacha and graciano. Unfined and unfiltered. Here’s your point of difference. It’s more red berry than black, more stewed than sweet, more complementary than commanding. It’s a mid-weight red wine with lots of personality, not to mention charm. It’s completely different to the more usual black-hearted thumping Barossa red, but it’s not less enjoyable." - Campbell Mattison, The Wine Front

90/100 "Aromas of earth, cured meats, pot pourri, spice and a whiff of menthol. A full flavoured and layered palate; there is ample dark fruit flavours, but there's also a savouriness and floral edge to this that makes for a pretty complex glass of wine. Good length; grippy, textured tannins and firm mouth-feel. A very pleasant wine" - Aaron Brasher, The Real Review

2018
91/100 "Medium to deep red colour with the slightest tinge of purple in the rim. The bouquet is likewise forward-developed and starting to show some mellowness, with undergrowth, briary aromas and a soft, savoury, light to medium-bodied palate. Flavours are sweet in the centre but otherwise savoury and developed. Soft, lightly drying tannins. A very appealing forward, approachable red to drink now. And great value." - Huon Hooke, The Real Review

2017
90pts "Barossa blend of tempranillo, garnacha and graciano. Great drink. Up-front with blue- and black-berry fruit flavour with lacings of peppercorn and coal. It feels gentle and refreshing and yet it’s hearty in volume terms. Bright with flavour." - The Wine Front

2016
90pts "64% Barossa tempranillo, 22.5% old vine Barossa grenache, and 13.5% graciano from Eden Valley. A lifted, perfumed bouquet, each variety contributing of course, but the whole seems more than the sum of its parts. It's silky and slippery on the palate with flavours of cherry cola and raspberry, and a sweet-fruited finish." - Steven Creder, Halliday Wine Companion

2015
92pts "It’s a fiery blaze of flavour too. If you’ll allow me to suggest; this is money well spent. It’s smoky and sordid and jubey and twiggy, all at once; it spins you around like a Luna Park ride, the combination of sweetness/savouriness/smokiness/spiciness managed quite beautifully. One thing it most definitely is not: boring. And yet it’s immaculately clean to boot" - Campbell Mattison, The Wine Front

4/5 Stars - Tony Love