Tempranillo, Barossa Valley

Tempranillo is a native Spanish grape varietal which is primarily used in the production of Rioja. Grown throughout the north of Spain, Tempranillo is an early ripening grape. High altitudes and cool climates help the keep the grapes acidity and make for more elegant wines with red fruit profiles.

When young, plums and cherries shine through in Tempranillo wines. With age and oak, the fruit becomes more subdued. Notes of leather and tobacco leaves are more pronounced in more mature Tempranillo wines.
The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhône Valley and that the variety would cook and in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the regions propensity to produce world class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area, and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine-tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."
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  1. Discovery Road Tempranillo 2019
    The Barossa Valley is Australia’s best-known wine region and this is one of the reasons why. Soft red berry and blue fruits lead to pleasing aromas of cedar and spice, the wine approachable and round. The juicy palate is ... Learn More
  2. Spinifex Tempranillo 2019
    Spinifex's Tempranillo comes from a vineyard in the Vine Vale sub-region of the Barossa Valley, on a site owned by Colin and Maggie Beer. Growing in sand over hard clay and influenced by the cool nocturnal gully winds that funnel ... Learn More
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