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Macabeo (or Viura in Rioja) is a white wine grape used in the north & east of Spain.
A relatively versatile grape, Macabeo wines are fresh, floral & aromatic.
Spain is unquestionably Macabeo's homeland, most obviously in the northern regions. It is the principal ingredient in white wines from Rioja,
Tempranillo is a red grape variety which forms the backbone of some of the finest wines from Spain & Portugal. Almost every red wine from Rioja has Tempranillo at its core.
Tempranillo means "little early one", a name given to it by Spanish growers who observed its habit of ripening earlier than Garnacha (Grenache), its traditional Spanish blending partner.
15.5pts - Jancis Robinson
"Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo. Recently created project (2008) in Entrena (Rioja Alta) at 600 m. Vineyards from 3 to 65 years old. 13 months in new & used American & French oak.
Rioja integrated style. Good winemaking standards. Sweet spices, red fruits & vinous character. It has a medium body with rounded & polished tannins. It has enough acidity to balance the wine. Standard & very drinkable wine." - Jancis Robinson