2019 Klein Tempranillo
2019 is the 3rd harvest from the Tempranillo vines at Dale and Becky Klein's vineyard west of Henley in the Hill Country AVA. Planted in 2015, their vineyard has shallow, rocky soils over limestone slabs on the side of a small mountain making it an ideal site to restrain the natural vigor of Tempranillo. On the side of a small mountain, the vineyard is also blessed with constant wind, helping to reduce the disease pressure from rainy periods that can frequently occur in Central Texas, resulting in grapes with naturally thicker skins.
2019 was a relatively cool year, starting with ample soil moisture from tons of rain in the preceding El Niño winter. A wet spring yielded to a relatively mild early summer, with the heat cranking up in late July. Our crew hand harvested and sorted the grapes at night, returning them to the winery to destem at daybreak. After fermentation, the wine was aged in neutral Russian oak barrels for 8 months. Lightly filtered at bottling.
Typical of 2019's vintage, this wine has softer tannins and moderate alcohol, with good freshness and little hint of chocolate. A good wine for all things pork, and spicy meals in general. While we're enjoying drinking this wine already, this Tempranillo will develop more complexity and elegance with age. A good vintage for quality and quantity, so plenty of this wine is available for drinking now and later. - 360 cases produced