According to Wine Folly, 12 November is International Tempranillo Day, as declared by the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos, or TAPAS. We’re not exactly sure who gave them the authority or how serious they are, but hey, any excuse to celebrate wine, right?
Tempranillo is a dry climate Spanish variety, planted in relatively low volumes in South Africa, although, according to an article by Wineland back in 2006, there are more hectares under Tempranillo world-wide than Chardonnay. The name is derived from the Spanish “temprano” which means early. This is an early cultivar and has a thick skin that can contribute much colour and tannins. If picked too early, it can lead to a harsh, unbalanced wine, but if treated correctly, you can look forward to flavours of berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla and herb. It is a great blending partner and not so often bottled as a single cultivar.
In a roundup by wine.co.za, Nederburg uses it in their Ingenuity Spanish Red Blend, while De Krans, Dornier and Fairview also put Tempranillo in bottle.