10/08/2020 – Ad Libitum, Tempranillo Blanco 2018

(2020) This is not the first white Rioja made from Tempranillo Blanco that I have tasted and reviewed, but examples remain as rare as hen's teeth: this is not a white wine made from the black Tempranillo grape, but from white mutation discovered only a few decades ago. Unoaked, but aged on the lees, the nose has a hint of creamy nuttiness, but a pristine set of citrus and orchard fruit aromas that are appetising and fresh. On the palate there is surprising weight and breadth of texture and flavour for a 12.5% alcohol wine, perhaps a touch of tannin from the grape adding that structural feel, and loads of shimmering juicy acidity to keep it fresh and food-friendly. Fascinating. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.


  1. Its a nice wine Mahmoud, but there are a few other Tempranillo Blancos around – Campo Viejo have a Viura/Tempranillo Blanco blend that’s quite widely available in the UK (Sainsbury).

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