There's a new 'Tempo' in the market
Tempranillo is a black grape variety widely grown to make full bodied red wines in its native Spain (the main grape grown in Rioja). In Australia, it is grown in warmer climates such as Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and the Hunter Valley. Cooler regions such as the Adelaide Hills and Heathcote are also keen producers.
Tempranillo is an early ripening variety that tends to thrive in chalky vineyard soils. The wines are ruby red in clour, while aromas and flavours can include berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather and herb.
Because of its savouriness, Tempranillo pairs well with all kinds of food, particularly with tapas dishes like chorizo, roasted vegetables and cured meats. It also pairs well with Italian dishes such as lasagne, pizza and meaty dishes with tomato-based sauces.
AWC currently recommends the Bodegas Latue Tempranillo from La Mancha, Spain (pictured).