All you need to know about the Spanish Tempranillo wine
Wine remains one of the ancient traditionally drinks for feast and other celebrations. The history of wine dates back to over 4000years ago. Wines are results from the fermentation of grapes and the addition of yeast to convert the sugar to ethanol, carbon dioxide and heat. Presently the largest producer of wine is Italy followed by France and Spain occupying the second and third positions respectively as the largest producers of wine worldwide. Spain is blessed with a fertile land suitable for the cultivation of various grapes which includes; Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tinta de Toro, Syrah, etc. This article takes into consideration Spain’s finest grape which is the Spanish Tempranillo.
The Spanish tempranillo wine is considered the best-known grape wine In Spain. The word Tempranillo is derived from “Temprano” which means early in Spain. Therefore, Tempranillo refers to the early time the grape has been harvested traditionally.
Tempranillo (also known as Ill de Llebre, cencibel, and Tinta del pais in Spain) is a variety of black grape widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in Spain. The Tempranillo has been grown on the Iberian Peninsula since the time of Phoenician settlements. Referred to as Spain’s noble grape, the Spanish Tempranillo is the main grape used in Rioja.
As at 2015, Tempranillo was the third most widely planted wine grape variety worldwide with 231000 hectares wine vine of which 88% was in Spain. Unlike red wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot noir, and Sangiovese which are more aromatic, the Tempranillo has a relatively neutral profile which makes it compatible when blended with other varieties such as Grenache and Carignan (known in Rioja as mazuela).
The Spanish Tempranillo wine is easy to find and a widely diverse food-pairing wine with a great flavour profile for its value. The finer the wine, the more balanced there is between the earth and fruit. On finishing, the wine is typically smooth and lingers with the taste of tannin on both sides of your mouth.
Below are some characteristics of the Spanish Tempranillo
- Fruit: Cherry, plum, tomato, and dried fig
- Other: Cedar, leather, vanilla, dill, tobacco, and clove
- Oak: Yes; typically aged 16-18 months
- Tannin: Medium-plus tannin
- Acidity: Medium-minus acidity
- ABV: 13-14.5%
The Tempranillo grape has been planted throughout the globe in countries such as New Zealand, Mexico, Washington State, Oregon, California, South Africa, Turkey, Australia, Canada, Israel, Uruguay etc. For those wanting to try Spanish wine on a budget, it’s worth getting friendly with a few more grapes beyond Tempranillo. Garnacha has already been mentioned a few times. It appears as the blend in Priorat and Rioja. Grenache is the third most planted grape in Spain.
When we say “full-bodied wine” we refer to wine having a rich, complex, well-rounded flavour that lingers in the mouth. The Spanish Tempranillo wine like other red wines has some health benefits which includes
- Reduces the risk of cancer
- Improves dental health
- Improves memories
- Reduces the risk of heart diseases
- Lowers cholesterol
What do you think about the Spanish tempranillo wine? I can affirm that it’s so tasty, you will enjoy it so much.