Los Companeros, or "The Companions," is all about the relationship between the two varietals of which it composed. Los Companeros is a blend of 90% Shiraz with 10% Tempranillo sourced from the seventy-five hectares of vineyard planted across the Polish Hill River Estate.
The vineyard site's unique soil composition of red-brown earth over clay mixed with slate and broken bluestone subsoil show through in the structure of the finished wine. The rich softness of the Shiraz component is complimented perfectly by the somewhat rustic tannins of the Tempranillo. They make very good companions indeed!
Clear and deep ruby in appearance, Los Companeros greets the nose with seductive blueberry fruit framed by suggestions of chocolate, mint, earth, and spice. On the palate, this wine is rich and dense yet approachable. The concentrated dark fruit and chocolate are tempered nicely by fine, silky tannins and balanced acidity. On the finish, the wine shows harmony among its structural components and suggests a comfortable cellaring period of three to five years.
Los Companeros is a sturdy and versatile, and while there are many appetizing matches, it may prove a challenge to find a better partner for a nice rib-eye on the barbecue.