At Pedernales Cellars, we have been working with Tempranillo in the High Plains for over ten years. What we love about the variety is that no two blocks produce the same aromatic and flavor characteristics. By working with a wide range of sites, we get a blending pallet that allows us to craft a complex wine with a subtle range of notes. Each lot from our growers is carefully sorted, and each is managed with a custom plan meant to bring out the key notes that distinguish the Tempranillo from that site. Members of the winemaking team have come to know the subtle differences between each of the different blocks we work with in order to bring out the best for blends like the High Plains Tempranillo.
The grapes for our High Plains Tempranillo are sourced from multiple blocks at the Bingham and Reddy vineyards of the High Plains. We have worked with both growers for ten years and spent countless days and nights with these growers working to find the balance that proves why Tempranillo was meant to be grown in the Texas High Plains.
2015 was the year of late harvest, even for Tempranillo which is commonly one of the earlier varieties to harvest in the High Plains. The hang time and cooler evenings in the 2015 summer helped to enhance fruit development and give the 2015 a rich layering of red fruit aromatics.