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.