Tempranillo is a red grape native to Spain and is best known as the dominant grape used in reds in the Rioja region. An early ripening grape that loves the heat, it has become popular in many wine regions around the world. We first planted Tempranillo on the Osoyoos East Bench in 2005 and are one of only a handful of producers of Tempranillo in British Columbia. We strive to stay true to the roots of this intriguing grape variety, embracing the earthy and savoury tones often associated with Tempranillo.
An Okanagan Tempranillo, with hints of Douro. The 2019 Tempranillo is a medium-bodied red wine with a medium ruby colour in the glass. This complex, elegant and intriguing wine leans toward the savoury end of the spectrum, although notes of sweet vanilla, cinnamon and black cherry dominating the nose. Baking spices, anise, dried fruit and a distinct oak toastiness marry with an incredible backbone of acid and approachable tannins on the palate. The integrated American oak components contribute to the lovely midpalate weight, texture and long finish to create a wine worth remembering. This is an approachable wine that drinks well now, but would evolve nicely in the bottle over the next seven to eight years.
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