Tempranillo, a unique variety
After many years of fashionable wines showing off about being light in colour, light bodied and low alcohol, along came a time when wine lovers craved a more powerful wine with intense colour and new wood characteristics. Everything had changed.
Today less importance is placed on the degree of alcohol if there is a good balance between all the components. Now, wines with deep colour and density triumph just as light coloured and delicate wines, always when there is harmony and the fruit is well presented.
Tempranillo has been able to adapt to these trends thanks to its versatility. Tempranillo is always the perfect pairing with traditional and even some modern foods.
In the vineyard
Tempranillo is a native variety and has been present in this area for as long as can be remembered. Tempranillo is the most important grape in Spain as it is present in half of the Denominations of Origin in Spain and counties of Vino de la Tierra (table wine). It is known by various names: Tempranillo, Ull de llebre, Tinta del País, Tinto Fino,Portugo, Cencibel, Tinta de Toro, Escobera and Chinchillaza or la Tinta Roriz from the Portuguese Duero.
Its name means early as it ripens before other red grapes which have adapted to land poor in organic material. It is apt for areas with medium or low rainfall and best results are obtained on elevated northern slopes.
The best wines come from an area with high sun exposure and diurnal temperature differences between night and day. They are most expressive in clay/limestone soils and in sand as in Quintana del Pidio. It´s bunches are large and narrow with a thick skin and a fleshy pulp and round bluish black berries.
This well structured and balanced wine displays intense colour, deep elegance and finesse on the nose and palate with mature fruit.
The aroma characteristics are red fruit and wild acidic or ripe black berries and a fresh acidity which comes from the altitude and difference in temperature between night and day. A marked minerality due to the soils, giving Tempranillo wines a great personality and magnificent ability to age.