Alpha Box & Dice Mistress Tempranillo

£36.00

WINEMAKER : Alpha Box & Dice, Sam Berketa

REGION : McLaren Vale, Australia

GRAPE : Tempranillo 100%

VINTAGE : 2022

ABV : 13%

NOTES : Vegan

 

The team at Alpha Box & Dice are an interesting bunch but exceptional production putting them in some of the world’s best cellars! They have a project of producing a wine for every letter of the alphabet showcasing a different style, technique or varietal with the view to have a full collection showcasing the incredible variety of Southern Australias wine scene. You can see they’ve got great ambition and a modern point of view… mostly down to the youth of head wine maker and local Sam who joined in 2016 at just 26 years old! All of their wines of innovative but exceptional and very drinkable looking. This Tempranillo riff is no exception but is deceptively subtle to begin with. It’s got figs, plums and a little bit of spice on the nose. To begin with, it’s reluctant to play but a unique blend of black olive and salted plum join the party with strong, chalky tannins leave an exciting playground in your mouth. With the strength of character for some Indian seafood courses, it’ll make a nice combo. Also anything with a round, warm, lasting heat like our kashiphal!

WINEMAKER : Alpha Box & Dice, Sam Berketa

REGION : McLaren Vale, Australia

GRAPE : Tempranillo 100%

VINTAGE : 2022

ABV : 13%

NOTES : Vegan

 

The team at Alpha Box & Dice are an interesting bunch but exceptional production putting them in some of the world’s best cellars! They have a project of producing a wine for every letter of the alphabet showcasing a different style, technique or varietal with the view to have a full collection showcasing the incredible variety of Southern Australias wine scene. You can see they’ve got great ambition and a modern point of view… mostly down to the youth of head wine maker and local Sam who joined in 2016 at just 26 years old! All of their wines of innovative but exceptional and very drinkable looking. This Tempranillo riff is no exception but is deceptively subtle to begin with. It’s got figs, plums and a little bit of spice on the nose. To begin with, it’s reluctant to play but a unique blend of black olive and salted plum join the party with strong, chalky tannins leave an exciting playground in your mouth. With the strength of character for some Indian seafood courses, it’ll make a nice combo. Also anything with a round, warm, lasting heat like our kashiphal!

 

WINERY & PRODUCTION

As above, Sam and the squad at Alpha Box & Dice are daring and exciting in their approach. They’re very innovative and champion the region by bending traditional winemaking rules with excellent results. We love their style. This example is harvested in the cool mornings, destemmed and allowed wild fermentation on skins for 3 weeks, with hand pluging twice a day. Then basket pressed to barrique for 12 months. There’s full, spontaneous malolactic fermentation and finally bottle aged for 6 months before release. Rollercoaster of a production but epic…. also, it has a cute label of a couple holding hands, so think Valentine’s gift if your partner isn’t so bother about the quality of the wine but you are. Win-Win.