Have you picked up a copy of the Autumn edition of Selector as yet? Amongst many other interesting articles, there is talk of a new varietal of wine being grown in some of the cooler wine regions of Australia. This varietal is called Tempranillo.
While the best known varietals are still the favourites, Cabernet Savignon, Shiraz and Pinot, this emerging varietal is finding favour with the Australian wine consumers who thirst for more food savvy matches to meet our growing culinary offerings.
In Spain Tempranillo is revered as the king of grape varietals, or known colloquially as Spains noble grape. It is thought to have originated in the Rioja wine region but its versatility and the fact that it thrives in heat and drought has seen it spread right across the entire Iberian Peninsula, where it has been since the times of the Phonecian settlements.
Tempranillo is an early ripening variety, hence its name (Temprano means early in Spanish) that tends to thrive in chalky vineyard soils such as those of the Ribera del Duero region of Spain and in Australia is loving the Barossa Valley, Murray Darling, Riverina, McLaren Vale and the Riverland (clever grapes!)
There are two Australian specialists and pioneers of the introduction of this variety that Selector Magazine introduce and we’re thrilled to list in the directory. Please meet Professor Barlow Snow, Melbourne academic and one of the leading agricultural scientists in the country and Mr Peter Leske, a fellow-scientist-winemaker behind the specialist Tempranillo maker, La LInea, in the Adelaide Hills.
To learn more about Tempranillo, read the commentary of the Selector tasting panel (including a list of top Australian tempranillos), and contemplate the Tempting Tempranillo Selector 6-packs on offer, pick up a copy of Selector Autumn 2015.