Not known for their naturally high acidity, Tempranillo is thick-skinned variety originating from Spain and Portugal. Tempranillo means “little early one”, a name given to it by Spanish grape growers who noticed its habit of ripening early.

The Tempranillo variety has a high anthocyanin count that produces deep-coloured wines with moderate tannins. While its own characteristic flavours are near nonexistence, the wide range of aromas noticeable in Tempranillo based wines gives it a kind of magic within itself.

Typically younger styles from cooler climates produce a strawberry, blackcurrant and cherry aromas while prune, chocolate and tobacco are detectable from ageing and warmer regions.

Tempranillo yields best when hot, sunny days allow it’s thick-skinned to ripen fully while cold nights help them retain their natural acid balance resulting in bright, lively, fruit-driven wines with just the right balance of warmth and tanginess.

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Obsidian Tempranillo 2016

$36.00 $32.40

Bright purple in the glass, this wine displays aromas of black cherry, cloves and hints of vanilla. This is a medium bodied wine showing soft ripe fruit on the entry, with warm broad tannins contributing to the mid palate and a lingering finish.

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