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The Tempranillo is a full bodied Spanish wine variety delivered in a rich and decadent berry red. Our selection of Tempranillo includes a full array of red wine possibilities and is available alongside all of the truly classic reds including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Grenache, Cabernet Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Rose wine. The Tempranillo grape is also find in variety of excellent Red wine blends including Tempranillo Grenache Souzao, Tempranillo Garnacha Blend, Tempranillo Shiraz Graciano and Cabernet Tempranillo. For more Shiraz wine blends including Cabernet Malbec Shiraz, Cabernet Shiraz, Liqueur Shiraz, Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre and Shiraz Grenache Viognier begin your search through our exhaustive online range. Carry on searching to discover even more stunning blends including Tempranillo Garnacha Blends, Merlot Malbec Cabernet and more Merlot Wine Blends.
For a refreshing summer drinking alternative, consider the increasingly popular selection of sparkling red wines sparkling red wine varieties including sparkling Shiraz, sparkling Shiraz Cabernet, and sparkling Merlot and Australia’s favourite sparkling Rose.
Embarking on your wine odyssey should always plan for encompassing everything this world has to offer including the vast amount of white wine varieties including the top favourites and most well known like Pinot Grigio and pinot gris, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, as well as a variety of White Blends including Chardonnay Semillon, Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc Wines, Semillon Viognier, Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Semillon Riesling Chardonnay, Botrytis Chardonnay, Semillon Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc. Discover the rich array of fortified wines including deliciously sweet dessert wine including Moscato.
For that extra bit of glamour, consider our collection of sparkling white wines which includes Prosecco from local producer Innocent Bystander, Sparkling Pinot Noir, sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling Riesling, Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir and Sparkling Chardonnay.
The first wine producing region in Spain to become a household name was Rioja and the dominant red grape variety throughout this region is the Tempranillo. The name comes from the Spanish for early, “temprano”, which is no doubt related to the fact that it ripens earlier than other native Spanish grapes. This early ripening grape variety is instantly recognisable by its jagged and deep-lobed leaves and these gorgeous leaves turn a vibrant red throughout Autumn, one of the most beautiful things in the world to see and an excellent reason to visit Spain. That, and the Tempranillo wine.
This Spanish wine is a very old variety predating its official records of 1807 mentions and actually more likely to have been introduced to sunny Spain more like three thousand years ago by the Phoenicians, a skilled trading civilisation that like wine very much. As the fourth most planted grape variety in the world, it’s considered one of the ‘noble grapes’ and is among the top varieties for use in blended Port Wines, particularly from Portugal. It is an excellent aging wine as well so well worth cellaring. Always ensure that your wine cellar, or wherever you can cellar, is a cool and dark environment with a constant temperature.
To avoid ‘cooking’ your wine, it is important that all wines, including whites, are stored far away from places with crooked temperatures so don’t store it in your kitchen or laundry. If your bottles are cork sealed, then they should always be stored laying down to avoid the cork from drying out. This is will ensure that the seal remains firm and your wine is not oxidised. It will also ensure that when it comes to uncorking that stunning Spanish beauty, your cork won’t crumble and split, fouling your wine and your all-around experience. The atmosphere of a good wine should be as good as the taste of it. It deserves good company, excellent food and a perfect uncorking or unscrewing.
Is Tempranillo wine sweet?
As a full bodied wine, Tempranillo is classified as a dry red wine which means very little sweetness. Most commonly discovered tasting notes are those of rich black fruit flavours, tobacco, red cherry and peppery spice. Heavily structured, meaning they are usually quite tannic, these wines age beautifully to develop even more intense flavours of rich spice like cinnamon.
When it comes to food pairings, it is a surprisingly versatile wine. Think Spanish hams and rich red meats as well as roasted vegetables, especially potatoes, and smoky grills. They also do very well beside pastas and spicy Mexican meals. Spanish cuisine obviously goes especially well but Tuscan foods are well suited as well so be creative and pair your Tempranillo as boldly as you choose your bottles. For wine and cheese nights, choose cow’s milk cheese and hard cheddars.
The Spanish wine regions most well known for this delicious wine are Ribera del Duero, Rioja and La Mancha and common names for the variety at home in Spain include ull de llebre, cencibel and tinto fino, and tinta roriz in Portgual. In Australia, you’ll find Tempranillo coming out McLaren Vale both as a single varietal and blended with grenache. Tasting notes from Australian Tempranillo are often fruity evoking notes of blood orange and cherry and high tannins, leaning itself toward very profitable cellaring years for further complexity and softness.
North eastern Victoria is also producing plenty of Tempranillo worth taking note of that focuses on easy early drinking and minimal oak aging to crafted gentle tasting and moreish wines. Fresh plums, mulberries and subtle spice are more often than not what you’ll find in a lovely tasting southern Tempranillo. The warmer climates of northern New South Wales are also producing excellent examples with Hunter Valley Tempranillo offering ripe tannins and minty spice perfect with slow cooked lamb and figs.
The United States Tempranillo is most successfully grown and produced in the warming climates of California as well as south Oregon and Washington State vineyards with vintners exploring the grape’s potentially more recently beyond that of a good blending grape that ripened conveniently quickly and early.
Our commitment to supporting boutique and medium sized wineries means that we are always on the lookout for those small and easy to miss bottles from some of the most passionate winemakers on the planet. The Tempranillo is a perfect example of just the kind of amazing local producers have been, and are still yet to be, discovered. It’s never too late to start discovering them yourself and we will happily guide you through the best and finest we have already found.
We love sharing our wonderful find with our clients and you will be able to access the personal tasting notes of each our bottles delivered by our wine experts on each vintage we carry. Be bold and adventurous and start exploring this sumptuous Spanish delight both from producers in its home towns and our own wine producing regions. Start comparing the old world with the new and develop your own Tempranillo tasting notes with our help.
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