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Stony Brook Ovidius Tempranillo 2014

South Africa

Stony Brook Ovidius

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Quick Overview

Only the second vintage of Tempranillo, showing wonderful complexity and ageing-potential. 

Ripe black cherries, with hints of cigar box on the nose are followed by concentrated, rich dark fruit on the palate. There are multiple layers of complexity, with round, intense tannins balancing the natural acidity of the Tempranillo grape. 

The name pays homage to the Roman poet, Ovid, who is quoted on the front label of this wine: “Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it there will be a fish.” 

Winemaker Craig McNaught

Additional Information


The grapes were harvested at 25 degrees Balling in the first week of February. The beautifully healthy fruit was hand-sorted and lightly crushed before a 7-day-long cold-soak to extract tannin and colour from the grapes. The juice was inoculated with a slow-fermenting, cold-tolerant yeast and pressed off at dryness. After settling, the wine was taken to barrel for wild malolactic fermentation and maturation. 50% new and 50% second-fill, 225 litre French oak barrels were used to mature this wine for 26 months before bottling. 

Type of Wine Red
Regions Franschhoek
Grape Variety Tempranillo
Alcoholic Content 15%