Tempranillo is Spain’s most famous grape variety being responsible for many of its celebrated red wines. Its home is in Rioja although it has also gained fame as Tinta del Pais in Ribera del Duero and as Tinto Roriz in the Douro region of Portugal. It has small, thick-skinned berries, ripens early and can be quite high yielding. As Spain’s leading red grape variety, it is found throughout the country where it is also known as Ull de Llebre and Cencibel. It is often blended with Grenache (Garnacha) although it can ripen two weeks earlier than its blending partner. For that reason it has lower alcohol and marked tannins with aromas ranging from spice, tobacco, leather and fruity notes of strawberry or redcurrant, especially when it is aged for a long time in American oak barrels, which is the custom in Rioja. Tempranillo makes easy-drinking, fruity and very approachable wines but with restricted yields and good extraction during vinification it can produce long-lived, world-class wines.
There are various Tempranillo clones, all suited to different climates. Argentina and California have their fair share of Tempranillo and the grape is becoming increasingly popular in Washington State and in Australia. Here the style of wine is more modern with wines that are more fruit-forward and jammy, deeply coloured and juicy with more structure from aging in French oak barrels.
- 2015 Castillo De OliteNavarre D.O.0,75l Red€4.90 €4.05Produced from grapes grown in the hillsides of Navarre in the north of Spain, this light and fruity red wine is aromatic and easy drinking. For more than 20 years it has been a great favourite of our clientele. Perfect for every day drinking.
- 2016 Castillo De OliteNavarre D.O.0,75l Red€4.90 €4.05De "Castillo de Olite" wordt geproduceerd in de heuvels van Navarra ten noorden van Spanje. Deze lichte, fruitige en aromatische rode wijn is de grote favoriet van onze klanten. Deze wijn met zijn fruitige en frisse aroma's is zeer gemakkelijk te drinken als dagelijkse wijn.
- 2014 Castillo De OliteNavarre D.O.0,75l Red€4.90 €4.05Produced from grapes grown in the hillsides of Navarre in the north of Spain, this light and fruity red wine is aromatic and easy drinking. For more than 20 years it has been a great favourite of our clientele. Perfect for every day drinking.
- 2014 The ChargeTempranillo/Garnacha Rioja D.O.C.0,75l Red€8.60 €7.11This Rioja takes its name from the medieval knights and pilgrims who crossed the region on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Working with the great winemaker Rodolfo Bastida in Haro, Rioja Alta, this is a lovely, wine with excellent red cherry and strawberry fruit, refreshing acidity balanced with fine vanilla flavours from aging in American oak. The Charge is made from grapes from all over the Rioja region and is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from four separate vineyard lots. A very easy to drink, modern Rioja to serve with grilled meats, barbecues and casual suppers.