Maestro Tejero Vina Almate Tempranillo 2016

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About This Wine

Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero region. Viña Almate is the name of the first vineyard that Alfredo planted and gives its name to this entry-level Duero wine. Almate is drawn from a number of plots of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) of varying vine ages; firstly from the old vine, stony terroirs of the high Valtiendas mountains (1,000 metres elevation) as well as Peñafiel, at 700 metres. All the vineyards are hand harvested (there is no other choice with old bush vines), and the winemaking is geared towards a wine of affable, youthful charisma. Fermentation is with native yeasts, with 100% whole bunches. Following 15-20 days of gentle maceration, the wine is raised for four months in neutral French oak with one racking. It is then bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with very low SO2. The 2016 is a classic example of this grower’s uncanny ability to craft expressive wines of terroir at a low-slung tariff. There’s so much deliciousness on offer here – expect blackcurrant, cola and all kinds of spice on the nose and palate, and a vibrant, pulpy and powdery texture with way too much depth and character for the price!

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Tempranillo
Country Spain
Region Ribera Del Duero
Brand Bodegas Maestro Tejero
Vintage 2016

Wines of Spain

With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.

The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.

In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.

Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.

Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.

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