Tempranillo wine is a popular Spanish variety made from the region’s native grapes. In the vineyard, this drop appears practically black. Richly coloured wines from this thick-skinned grape fade to rust-hued with age. Additionally, the grape is known to withstand a reasonable amount of heat.
The grapes require a lot of warmth and express themselves best when cultivated at a high altitude. The warmth also contributes to the dark colour, thick skin and increased sugar levels in the Tempranillo wine variety.
Meanwhile, it’s also considered a difficult grape to grow because of its susceptibility to pests and diseases. It prefers chalky soils with adequate drainage and is easily influenced by changes in climate and weather.
This grape thrives well in soils that are rich in limestone or calcareous clay. When you grow Tempranillo grapes in soils with a clay base, they tend to have a deeper colour and higher tannin levels.
The term Tempranillo is a diminutive of Temprano, the Spanish word meaning early, and refers to the grape’s tendency to ripen earlier than others.
What does Tempranillo wine taste like?
You can expect to enjoy a bright and vivid red fruity appeal, with a rich and powerful concentration alongside the warmth and sweet taste. Tempranillo wine is aged in oak barrels with layers of spice and herbs.
It’s also a medium-body wine that shares the structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec, but is not as heavy. The taste and warm feeling are that of a red wine you have to explore. You’ll also love it if you enjoy other medium-bodied wines like Merlot.
You can choose from several ranges of flavours such as decadent chocolate, dark berry, blackcurrant and earth. The wine is round and juicy with silky tannins and poised acid. Some chalky minerals, black fruits, and tar contribute to an absolutely savoury finish.
How to pair and enjoy Tempranillo wine
The smooth and warm tannins of the Tempranillo, as well as its acidity, are best enjoyed with traditional beef stew, potatoes, steak, and pot roast.
You can explore several different varieties of this aged wine from the young and lighter variants including:
Middle-aged (between 5-7 years), and
The fully aged “Gran Riserva Rioja” (between 20-30 years)
The fully-aged wine pairs rather well with spicy dishes, red meats and game meats. You can savour the great persistence of flavour and a distinct taste and rich aroma.
There is a white wine variant of Tempranillo grapes called Tempranillo Blanco. It also has a distinct tropical fruit flavour.
Even though 80% of these grapes are grown in Spain, it is the fourth most planted grape in the world.
Tempranillo vines are easily identified by their uneven and deep-lobed leaves. They are also ranked among the top nine noble grapes in the world. It also changes colour to a brilliant red in autumn.
This red wine has several nicknames, such as Ull de Llebre, Tintin Fino, Alentejo, Aragonez, and Tinta del Pais.
Where to buy Tempranillo online
At the Melbourne Wine Store, you can choose from a variety of young and light Tempranillo wine to fully aged variants. We aim to make wine shopping an easy task for you.
Enjoy your pick from different bottles of expressive ripe raspberry fruit, to cinnamon and vanilla. Some bestsellers from our store include: