- The 2018 Mr. Riggs Yacca Paddock Tempranillo was fermented in a
5 tonne open fermenter, resting on skins for 7 days, followed by membrane
bag pressing. Fermentation was completed in 33% new French oak with the
balance 2 year old French oak. Post malo, the wine was left on its gross lees
for a couple of months to add texture and creaminess to the palate. A
wonderfully textural, stylish wine, with natural fruit sweetness and
elegance, the Mr. Riggs Yacca Paddock Tempranillo is in its 17th vintage
and characteristically displays savoury tannins, dried herb undertones, and
highlights sweet tart red cherry flavours. Drink with food.
After discovering Scott Hicks and Kerry Heysen-Hicks’ Yacca Paddock
vineyard located in the Kuitpo sub-region of the Adelaide Hills, the
Tempranillo provided too good an opportunity to pass up. The rest is
Planted in 2000, vines are east facing with site temperatures some 2.5
degrees cooler on average than McLaren Vale which, as the crow flies, is
just 5km away.
Vines are on old podsolic soils over an ironstone/gravel base and planted to
a reasonably high density on a single cordon. With elevation of 350-375
metres above sea level, and an annual rainfall in the vicinity of 825mm, Yacca
Paddock qualifies as a premium cool climate Adelaide Hills vineyard. Yacca
Paddock’s elevated position overlooking the Gulf of St Vincent offers
consistent cooling breezes, ensures healthy canopies and allows the vines to
avoid the extremes of summer temperature and develop complex varietal
characters. The 2018 vintage saw a cool wet winter and spring followed by
hot and high temperatures in late summer. The advantage of growing an
early ripening variety like tempranillo in the Adelaide Hills were
pronounced in 2018 as it experienced relatively mild ripening conditions in
comparison to warmer regions.
Region: McLaren Vale, SA
No reviews available but it's bloody delicious!