This is the second time I’ve looked at some wines from Bakkheia in Geographe in Western Australia, and again I have really quite liked what I have seen. Small production, hand picking and planting altitude around 220m above sea level adds interest. Their “Aequitas” is a blend of 90% tempranillo and 10% graciano, the latter grape variety being prized in Rioja for adding aroma and structure to Rioja red blends (which usually can see tempranillo, garnacha, mazeulo (carignan) and graciano).
The result of Bakkheia’s blend is a wine with aromatics of plum and fresh thyme with a sinewy, earthy line to it. The palate has medium length, chalky tannins and flavours reminding of bay leaf and dark plums. Very much reminding of a Rioja in style, this wine has an attractive balanced style that is recommended drinking.