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One maker with an exceptional Tempranillo is the Clare Valley’s Mr Mick Wines, their currently available 2014 a nicely full-bodied drop with pronounced varietal cherry and strawberry fruit flavours, a hint of spice and a long and lingering finish.

And all of which makes for it being a great drop with a homeland favourite, patatas con chorizo – potatoes with chorizo sausage and chilli, that you could possibly say equates to something a bit like Spanish bangers and mash, and a bit spicy.

At $17 enjo...

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Good value for money, straightforward, tasty red wine with fresh raspberry and coconut aromas laced with walnut. It’s medium-bodied and firm on the palate, with tight structure and measured grip: a good food wine. It could also take a little cellaring. (Screwcap)

Score: 88 ★★★½ – view on HuonHooke.com
Alcohol: 13.5%
Ageing: Drink now to 10 years
Food: Braised lamb shanks

Wednesday 7/12/2016


A friendly, price-conscious label by Clare Valley stalwart Tim Adams, who’s been working with tempranillo in his main label for year. This hits all the well-documented varietal points, such as black cherry fruit, sweeter spices courtesy of some older oak maturation influence, and a medium-powered palate that allows the more subtle flavours to play their role. All good at this price point.

Region: Clare Valley
Value: Introduce yourself
Best with: Chorizo and bread

Tony Love,
Advertiser (Adelaide)

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2014 Tempranillo
Rating: Excellent
Clare Valley, SA
13.5 per cent alc/vol

A bargain red delivering much more than most reds at this price (and often higher prices, too). Spiced cherries and dark plums on a smooth, firm and beautifully balanced and weighted palate with a long, savoury and appetising finish. Great with chargrilled rosemary and lemon lamb.

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A fruit-driven version of this Spanish variety that shows all its typical earthy, old psice, vanilla, cherry and cola characters to start, then as you splash it inot your mouth you find it quite riche, slurpy and sweet natured with sitcky and mid-strenth black tea tannins making up its finishing mouth fell.  It's easy-drinking and spot on with the barbecue smoking and the steaks chargrilling.

Tony Love
The Advertiser
May 6, 2015

Another Clare Valley producer who has a Midas touch when it comes to making wine is Tim Adams.  Besides producing the usual Clare Valley styles such as Riesling, Semillon, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, Adams makes other varieties including Viognier, Pinot Gris and Tempranillo.  Here I offer you one of his wines under the Mr Mick portfolio - the Mr Mick 2010 Tempranillo.  A lovely pink jue combined with a deep purple/crimson colour is a drawcard to the eye.  The nose offers a slightly herbal fla...

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"Finally, a red to savour on those cold and /or wet nights. Long dyed-in-the-wool shiraz fans, we're coming around to the more subtle charms of tempranillo.
Case in the point: Mr Mick Tempranillo 2010 hailing from the Clare Valley in South Australia.
The winemaker points out that the region's warm, dry growing conditions mirror those of central Spain, where this variety hails from.
The wine has subtle French oak flavours with a smooth mouth feel, and red fruit flavours tending towards the sweeter e...

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"Soft, easy-drinking style of tempranillo - and a good quality one.
This is a delight. Balanced, juicy, soft, easy to like. Jubey. Cherries, boysenberries, a modest slip of smoky oak and a clean fruit-filled finish. Medium-bodied but you feel as though you're getting good bang for your buck. Good chewy tannic resolution. Tick tick tick.
Rated: 90 points."

Campbell Mattinson
The Wine Front
20 June 2013


"Tempranillo looks to have a great future. This well-priced example starts with a nose of red fruits and sarsparilla-like varietal character, dressed in a robe of sweet oak. It's medium-bodied and savoury with a lightly drying bite of astringency at the end.
Ageing? Drink over two years.
Food Ideas - Good sausages; spanish-style tripe. "

Ralph Kyte-Powell
The Age
July 2013


"Mr Mick is a labour of love for winemaker Tim Adams who named the brand after his one-time mentor, the late Mick Knappstein. The brand has taken off big time, with varieties like this lip-smacking Spanish-style tempranillo with background spice and lashings of cherry and strawberry fruit. Try it with tapas. "

Kerry Skinner
Illawarra Mercury
July 2013


"I enjoyed this drop with a group of friends and the Spanish influence left everyone with a smile on their face.
The smooth tannins make for a distinctive entry point and lingering finish. The wine offers a hint of strawberries, red cherries and is rounded off by subtle French oak.
Great with a meal, great with friends. Not to be missed."

Josh Conn
Geelong Advertiser
July 2013


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