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Tempus Two

Broke Rd, Pokolbin, 2321

Cellar Door: Daily (9-5)

Ph: (02) 4993 3999

Tempus Two Wines From Limestone Coast zone (SA)

Tempus Two Wines From Cowra region (NSW)

Blabelased on the previous Hermitage Road Wines. It had to change name due to the EU agreement that prohibited the use of the word Hermitage.

The Tempus Two brand (launched in 1997) produces funky and affordable modern wines from vineyards in South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales such as Barossa Valley Shiraz and Hunter Valley Semillon, and regional blends.

Wine production was run by three young women: Roseworthy graduate Liz Jackson, the fourth generation Hunter Valley wine-maker Lisa McGuigan and New Zealand wine-maker Sarah-Kate Dineen (Liz and Sarah did a stints at Brokenwood as well). Sarah has returned to pursue her wine-making activities in New Zealand while Liz Jackson has set up her own First Creek brand and wine-making facility in the Hunter. Scott Comyns is the wine-maker,while Lisa Mcguigan has moved to be the 'brand ambassador'.

Japanese restaurant was set up at the modern club-lounge style cellar door.

The top range is the Pewter, then there is the Copper Range and finally the Regional range. There some alternative varieties in the ranges such as Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, and a near extinct Piedmonte white variety called Aranel.

Avenmore Tastings
Tempus Two founder and brand ambassador, Lisa McGuigan (photo courtesy: tempus twi)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Tempus Two Uno Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2026

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, only released in strong vintages, perfumed black cherry and blackberry with pepper, violet and liquorice notes, smooth/linear and gamy medium-full bodied (alcohol is a restrained 13.5%), let down in my opinion slightly by a touch of burnt rubber tyre on the nose, balanced dark chocolate/clove French/American oak (****)

Tempus Two Uno Shiraz 2011

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2026+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, 16 months in French and American oak hogsheads, from dry-grown 70 year old Broke Fordwich vines, tightly wound blackberry and mulberry with pepper, violet, liquorice and mint notes, rich earthiness with underlying grainy tannins, dark chocolate and clove oak, good structure for long term cellaring (****1/2)

Tempus Two Pewter Chardonnay 2013

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, straw-green colour, rich and waxy melon, hay, lemon sherbet and peach with some pineapple notes, fresh limey acidity with savoury oak (****)

Tempus Two Copper Wilde Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, Gold Medal, Sydney Wine Show 2006, mostly Upper Hunter Valley fruit with the addition of small component from the Adelaide Hills, rich array of nectarine, stonefruit, melon and peach fruits with good texture and spicy French oak, lingering citric acid finish (****)

Tempus Two Pewter Botrytis Semillon 2006

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, sweet and rather lush array apricot, cumquat, honey and lime marmalade with good length, finishes a bit too cloying, needs a bit more acid on the finish for a really high score but sweet tooths won't care (***1/2)

Tempus Two Copper Moscato 2007

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, pleasant entry level wine showing passionfruit and obvious musc with some almond lees features, lightly spritzy, fresh finish (***)

Tempus Two Hunter Merlot 2003

Purchased: St Kilda Cellars, April 2005

Drink: 2005

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, ripe mulberry flavours combined with some pepper and Hunter earthiness, firm but not unpleasant tannins (***)