Plan B’s winemaker is Bill Crappsley, who has racked up more than 50 vintages in a career spanning almost 50 years. He has made wines all over Australia, and some of them have won major trophies. The Tempranillo for this wine was grown high on the slopes of the picturesque Ferguson Valley, in the Geographe Region of Western Australia, north of Margaret River.
The Tempranillo grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks with regular pump-overs, followed by 18 months maturation in 25% new and 75% seasoned French oak barriques. The addition of 2% lees-stirred, new-oak-matured Viognier was made immediately prior to bottling. As Plan B puts it: ‘The Gringo with the dry wit and brooding stare flirting openly with a splash of sexy Viognier; the life of the party'.
Only 2.5% viognier included. 10% whole bunch is no problem, albeit the two components make this a hyper-rich and decadent wine. 18 months in French oak hasn't dulled its charm at all.
94 points, Wine Companion (March 2019)
Medium to deep red colour with a purple tint. The bouquet is sweetly ripe, almost jammy, with an overlay of cashew-nutty oak. Theres' a hint of almond meal and pine. The palate is medium to full-bodied and rounded, with just the right touch of grip in the tannins, which cleanse the finish. An appealing glass of red, which has the structure to handle flavoursome food.
90 points, The Real Review (February 2019)