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Tempranillo is a grape that originated in Spain, more commonly known due to its association with the red Rioja. Derived from the Spanish word temprano meaning early, Tempranillo is picked relatively early in comparison to other Spanish Reds.

Like Sangiovese & Nebbiolo, Tempranillo was planted on our Belebula vineyard in 1999. At this time, Richard Friend, John Hindman and Phil Swannell, were venturing into a new era of winemaking not yet tapped by the Australian wine industry. Belebula’s soils rich in limestone, steep west facing slopes and rare exposure to frost and wind chill, make it ideal to grow the Tempranillo variety, drawing comparisons to its traditional Spanish climate.

Pokolbin Estate Vineyard utilise French Oak barrels to age Tempranillo up to 15 months depending on the vintage. Normally used with American Oak, French oak gives the Tempranillo a delicate berry fruit driven aroma with hints of leather and spice. The soft tannins linger with a smooth finish.

The medium-full bodied nature adapts well to a wide variety of foods including roasted vegetables, cured meats, Italian tomato based pizza & pasta dishes, polenta, Mexican foods such as tacos & nachos and obviously Spanish paella or tapas. Tempranillo has good cellaring potential of up to 15 years in perfect conditions.