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Running With Bulls Tempranillo 2008

 

"One of the more controversial trophy winners at the Adelaide Wine Show '09, but it does have entrancing texture and impeccable balance. Great drink-now style."

Rating: 92    Drink: 2014

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2011 Edition

 

"I do think I'm in love with this little beasty from the Barossa, so lively and fresh and fun."

Jeni Port, The Age Epicure, 22 June 2010

 

"Yalumba at their innovative finest, this juicy and precocious tempranillo is made to grab the barbecue crowd by the horns. The fruit is right in the mulberry and cherry/spice zone, tannins are easy and there's plenty of forward fleshy appeal to tackle char-grilled anything."

Nick Stock, "70 Reds to Remember", Gourmet Traveller WINE (Aus/NZ), June/July 2010

 

“The back label carries a bevvy of drivel but the wine, and indeed the look of the label, is excellent. Good stuff. Flavours of fresh strawberry jam, raw meat, spice and a little liquorice. It’s a bit Spanish in its delivery too – cheeky joven (youngster). Offers a good medium – to full-bodied mouthful of fruit and a round chewy texture with minimal oak influence. Drinks brilliantly. Highly recommended.”

POINTS: 91    VALUE: five drops    DRINK: 2010 - 2015

Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh, The Big Red Wine Book 2010/2011 (Aus), 1 June 2010

 

"This cracking example of the Spanish tempranillo wine, from South Australia's Barossa Valley, is deliciously soft and chewy with a core of pure black cherry, raspberry, tobacco leaf and spice. Drink with lamb shank stew."

Matt Skinner, BBC Australian Good Food, June 2010

 

92 points - "A vibrant, soft and supple wine from the Barossa, ideal for drinking young."

Ken Gargett, Q Weekend Magazine, 8 May 2010

 

Rated: 17.7/20 - "Dense yet pretty nose with lovely floral fruit tending towards roses. Ripe fruit characters on the palate with licorice and spice to add complexity. The dry finish lingers. Very long and fine, this will take some time in bottle. Very good wine."

John Jens & Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club, April 2010

 

"Thanks to places such as Bar Lourinha and MoVida pouring great wines by the glass, Spanish tempranillo has become the red of choice. But Australian examples are still grappling with it stylistically. Not Yalumba though, with its Running with Bulls Tempranillo 2008 - it's a beauty. The wine is full of tangy, bright-red fruits, with an appealing maraschino-cherry note and mulberries, too. But it's essentially a savoury-spicy wine with plush, ripe tannins, cleansing acidity and terrific length. Great with tapas, roast lamb or ragu-style dishes."

Jane Faulkner, The Age 'Epicure' (Aus), 16 February 2010

 

"... the 2008 Running With Bulls Tempranillo isn't just good, it's a poster child of just how far Australian wine has come. Aussie alternative varieties are good now. Indeed a wine as impressive, different, characterful and affordable as this knocks most of the preconceptions about Australian wine for six. It's low in oak, tastes spicy and meaty with licorice notes, carries fresh acidity and drinks as well at the dinner table as it does on its own. It's also a respectable 13.5 per cent alcohol. If you can't tell already, I reckon it's a steal."

Campbell Mattinson, Gourmet Traveller WINE (Aus), February/March 2010

 

"Highly awarded at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, this Spanish-origin red shows a smoke, leather and tobacco-leaf range of aromas with crunchy fresh red berry fruit and minimal oak interference. For those who haven't quite stepped into the bull ring with this variety, check it out. It's light-hearted, medium-bodied beauty suited to tomato and spiced tapas-like edibles."

Tony Love, The Advertiser - Indulge (Aus), January 2010

 

"An outstanding Australian tempranillo, with its core of tangy fruit, that distinct maraschino cherry note and mulberries but not a fruit bomb - hallelujah! With a whiff of dried Mediterranean herbs, savoury with soft, plush, sweetish tannins tempered by tangy acidity and terrific length; a fabulous drink."

Jane Faulkner, The Age Epicure (Aus), 7 November 2009

 

93/100 points - "Intense redcurrants and a hit of peachy stonefruit stuff too - deep and fragrant. Those same deep red fruits are there in the mouth - really juicy - and there's sweet-sharp, minerally tannin. Has tang and length. Really tasty Aussie tempranillo." Click here to download presenter.

Tim White, Life & Leisure, Australian Financial Review, 30 October 2009

 

90 points - "Love the packaging, the delivery and the wine. Good stuff. Fresh, strawberry jam, raw meat, spice and a little liquorice. It's a bit Spanish in its delivery too. Cheeky joven. Offers a good medium to full bodied mouthful of fruit and a round chewy texture with minimal oak influence (and it's mainly Hungarian so your nipples may well explode with delight). Drinks brilliantly and is entirely laudable for both its style and execution. Highly recommended."

Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au, 27 October 2009