Red Wine

Tempranillo

Tempranillo a crazy variety, massive leaves, potentially huge bunched, and great natural acidity.

Plantings are increasing in Australia. It’ll be interesting to see the wines it ends up producing. If Corymbia’s Red field blend dominated by Tempranillo is any indication it’ll find a happy home down under!

Where is it grown?

By far the greatest plantings of Tempranillo are in Spain with around 500,000 acres planted. Scattered throughout the country, internationally it’s the wines of Rioja that are synonymous with Tempranillo.

It’s often blended with Garnacha (Grenache), Monastrell (Mataro), and, Bobal.

In Portugal, it’s known as Tinta Roriz with around 40,000 acres. With significant plantings in the Duouro for both Port and table wine production.

There’s a splash in Southern France too.

What does it taste like?

Take away the influence of often heavy-handed oak and oxidation in traditional style Rioja and you have a higher acid variety with a sense of opulence, soft tannins, and, vibrant red fruits.

Add winemaking and blending with other varieties and there’s a broad spectrum of different styles being made.

In Portugal’s Duoro, it offers an acid and juicy fruit component to the varietal mix for Port Production.

Very much how we saw it at Yarra Yering.

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Bodegas Urbina Reserva Especial 2006

Red Blend | Spain, Alta

Well, here's something a little bit tasty. 17+ year old Rioja and in fine form. Access to gear with a little age on it is a treat! Urbina Reserva Especial 2006 is one of those wines that you can just nuzzle into, calming, reassuring, delicious. Plush, luscious, super fine, long tannins wrap a core of vibrant, ripe fruit layered with savoury, earthy, truffles and tea. A saline lick matching fine acid to give us a fresh, thirst-quenching wine. The complexity and secondary development here offer
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The 2012 Viña Bosconia Reserva is perhaps a little too young (María José López de Heredia likes more polished wines, and for her this wine was too tough), with some tannins and the chalky texture from the limestone soils. This blend of Tempranillo with 15% Garnacho and 5% between Graciano and Mazuelo matured in used American oak barrels for five years. 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2019. Tasted July 2022 Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate 93 Points
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José Gil Vino de Pueblo San Vincente 2021

Red Blend | Spain, La Rioja

A great example of the new Rioja! Grape first focused on exceptional vineyards from a clearly defined village. Much to explore flowers, spice, woody herbs, darkness, earthy and savoury notes with an enticing array of fruits. On release, it needs a good decant and some patience and will be better on the second day as its youthful exuberance resolves. Plush, fine grape tannins mingle with the dark and red fruit combined with refreshing acidity to offer up a playful mouthfeel. Refreshing, there
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Urbina's 2004 Gran Reserva shows excellent development. One of those wines that requires some patience in the glass, building freshness with the passing of time. At the core fresh vibrant fruit and zippy acidity are at play. A little reduction blows of to reveal wonderful savoury flavours and an excellent mouthfeel with playful grip. A little sappiness and wild edge adding complexity. Loads of fun to be had here! Deep garnet. Aromas of ripe red berries, cherry pit and succulent herbs a
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This is the perfect example of the nuances of maturing wine. The desire to achieve development through élévage whilst retaining freshness and energy. To have a depth of flavour whilst quenching thirst. To achieve balance. To create a scent that ought not exist. Tasting a wine should always be about what's in the glass not the numbers, the numbers are there to help those at the extreme end of wine love comprehend how a creature like this could be. At just 13% the Tondonia is 1% or more lo
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Tasted in April 2024 in a mini-vertical of Roda 1, this is indeed a special vintage of 'The Blue Note'. Jazz aficionados with know of the music label and the legendary jazz club started in New York and now seeded across the globe. I'm certain the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson and the Modern Jazz Quartet who headlined the clubs shows in the early days would be well pleased to have their music aligned to this fine beverage! In this case, t
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Artuke ‘El Escolladero’ Rioja 2021

Red Blend | Spain, Alavesa

The flow, harmony, fine long fruit and acid entranced. An edgy grip works well in a cleansing way. Super juicy, fine, refreshing with so much energy, vibrant and long. This will settle into something delicious. Savoury, meaty play going on, building into some forest floor. Tightly wound with plenty more to come. This is well worth having a look at, a demonstration of the new Rioja! El Escolladero is a vineyard planted in 1950 in the village of Ábalos at 660 meters in altitude. As with mo
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The 2021 El Bardallo is produced with the grapes from the same plot as in previous years in the zone of San Vicente that names the wine; they believe this plot produces the wines in their cellar that have more finesse. Like the rest of the reds, it fermented with indigenous yeasts and part whole clusters and matured in 500- and 600-liter barrels in their underground cellar. This is serious and elegant, with ripe berry fruit and spice from the élevage, a full palate with pungent flavors, power a
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Artuke ‘La Condenada’ Rioja 2021

Red Blend | Spain, Alavesa

Trying ‘La Conenada’s’ brother 'El Escolladero'  along with a few other wines from the Artuke range was enough to convince me to grab a couple of boxes. Well it's arrived, and I can see why it is one of the Artuke's two crown jewels! The palate has exceptional shape and flow, yes it is precise! The acid ~ tannin ~ fruit ~ alcohol complex sits in perfect harmony. As with the El Escolladero there is just a little edge of grip to the mouthfeel, again in a cleansing positive way. Opening
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Tasting this in Apr 2024 it showed sophistication refinement of tannin, stunning flow and harmony. Deeply layered and delicious. A note differing to Guitiérrez' and perhaps a factor of being some 2 years older when tasted. Delicious. The 2018 Roda I is in line with the other 2018s, lower alcohol, grainier tannins and a little more earthy rusticity that to me translates into more character and less polished wines. This was a blend of 92% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano and 2% Garnacha from 30+-y
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The single-vineyard red 2021 Camino de Ribas comes from a plot, La Cóncova, under the Toloño peak close to Rivas de Tereso, a hamlet from San Vicente de la Sonsierra, possibly the coolest zone, with a north-facing exposure, a place with shallow soils with sand, limestone and sandstone and full of aromatic herbs. It's a blend of 50% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha and the rest Viura, Jaen, Garnacha Blanca, Palomino and other white varieties. It fermented with a long and soft vinification with some wh
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If 2008 felt cool and Atlantic, the 2009 Roda I could be described as Mediterranean, from a warm and healthy vintage. Here they aim for black fruit character while the regular Roda should show red fruit. The grapes are sourced from over 30-year-old vines and is mostly Tempranillo with some 5% Graciano. It matured in first and second use French oak barrels for 16 months. It's a warm vintage, without reaching the heights of 2011, but there was some stress in the peak of the summer, which in some w
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Tasted in April 2024 in a mini-vertical of Roda 1, this is indeed a special vintage of 'The Blue Note'. Jazz aficionados with know of the music label and the legendary jazz club started in New York and now seeded across the globe. I'm certain the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson and the Modern Jazz Quartet who headlined the clubs shows in the early days would be well pleased to have their music aligned to this fine beverage! In this case, t
Tasting the 1994 in May 2023 I was lost in the glass with the delicacy, perfume, vibrant red fruit, perfectly poised acid tannin complex. The sophistication, elegance and intoxicating perfume of the wine, simply astonishing. All from a wine held in barrel for 8 years and further 10 in bottle before release! The only current red Gran Reserva is the 1995 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva, the one that is produced exactly the same as before, including fining with egg whites and sealing with red wa
Tasted in April 2024 in a mini-vertical of Roda 1, this is indeed a special vintage of 'The Blue Note'. Jazz aficionados with know of the music label and the legendary jazz club started in New York and now seeded across the globe. I'm certain the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson and the Modern Jazz Quartet who headlined the clubs shows in the early days would be well pleased to have their music aligned to this fine beverage! In this case, t