At Bodegas Patrocinio we continue to foster Tempranillo Blanco – a relatively new white grape – as a major variety. An early September harvest was set to go down as amongst the smallest but most stupendous hauls in the last harvest seasons. Over the last years we have had a clear vision as to the new key role played by Tempranillo Blanco, thus planting new vines that have already become the lifeline of our floral and fruity whites.
It is down to this clear vision, based on an ever-increasing success of this variety on the market, that we have introduced state-of-the-art harvesting technology in order to ensure maximum care of our vines and accurate collection of our grapes.
As stated by its wine-maker and staff, “we are very happy with the outcome of the harvest season, reporting a crop that’s high in quality and sugar concentration to rival the richness of previous years but with greater structure and livelier acidity”.
The general public and less knowledgeable consumers are well aware of Tempranillo Tinto – a red grape variety that originated in Spain – particularly well suited to Rioja Alta’s soil and climate. Less than 30 years ago; however, a natural mutation that occurred in an old Tempranillo plant triggered the creation of a new white grape variety: Tempranillo Blanco.
Some of Tempranillo Blanco’s notes are: intense floral and fruity notes (apple, banana, tropical fruit, and citrus fruit) as well as dense terpenic aromas. On the palate it presents good acidity, medium to full body, and a long finish. It is a white grape variety of high quality, which is apt for barrel ageing. Tempranillo Blanco is the ideal blending partner for Viura, Rioja’s major white variety. With a percentage of Tempranillo Blanco, a crisp Viura White gains in aromatic complexity, acidity, depth and persistence.