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Ull de Llebre grapes

by | Mar 24, 2017

Ull de Llebre, most popularly known as Tempranillo is considered as a dark-skinned grape variety that hails from Spain.

Ull de Llebre

This red wine grape variety is one of the most abundantly grown varieties in that particular region.

This red wine grape variety is mainly concerned with the preparation of full-bodied red wines of the world that are as fascinating as to their appearance and tasteful as to its flavor.

The name of this red wine grape variety in Spain (Tempranillo) suggests that this red wine grape variety ripens itself a few weeks earlier than all the other grape varieties grown and cultivated in the region of Spain.

This red wine grape variety is considered as one of the oldest varieties of red wine grape to be grown in the region of Spain that has been grown very much on the Iberian Peninsula since the ancient times of the settlements of Phoenicians.

This grape is considered as one of the major grapes that are used in Rioja and a number of other wines as well. Because of all its amazing characteristics, this red wine grape variety is considered as a noble grape of Spain.

The plantation and cultivation of this red wine grape variety are not just limited to the regions of Spain, but it extends to several other parts of the world as well.

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Thus, this red wine grape variety is found planted in abundance in different parts of the world such as New Zealand, Mexico, California, Oregon, Washington State, Australia, Texas, South Africa, Portugal, Argentina, Israel, Turkey, Uruguay, Arizona as well as Canada.

This clearly indicates the popularity of this red wine grape variety all throughout the world.

This red wine grape variety is considered to be an early ripening variety of grape which tends to thrive well in the chalky soils just like the famous vineyards of Ribera del Duero of Spain.

The skin of this red wine grape variety is very thick. The vines of this red wine grape variety exhibit the best of their properties in the climates and altitudes that are very high.

In such climate the grapes of this red wine grape variety retain good levels of sugar and therefore the resulting wines produced act like a pleasure to a person’s taste buds.

However, these vines can also do well in the warm and hot climates. These vines are very much susceptible to the inclement climatic conditions.

The entire profile of the grapes of this red wine grape variety is neutral in nature and therefore, this factor makes this grape perfect to be used as a blend with other grape varieties such as Carignan as well as Grenache.

Since this grape variety is famous all throughout the world, it is known and addressed under a number of synonyms, a few of them include the names like Albillo Negro, Aragon, Aragones, Aragonez de Elvas, De Por Aca, Garnacho Fono, Ojo de Liebre, Tempranillo de Rioja, Tinta de Santiago, Tinta Aragonese, Cupani, Grenache de Logrono and many others.

Origin

This red wine grape variety is said to have originated in the regions of Spain. For some time, this red wine grape variety was considered to be a relative of the Pinot Noir grape.

Later, the researchers claim that there is not genetic connection in both these grape varieties.

After it was well-grown in the regions of Spain, this red wine grape variety was introduced in America in the 17th century by Spanish Conquistadors.

With this, this red wine grape variety happened to become all the more popular and the plantation and cultivation of the same began to flourish in other parts of the world as well.

Finally, during the 1990’s, the plantation was spread to other regions of the world such as South Africa and Australia.

Characteristics

This red wine grape variety is used both in the production and preparation of blended as well as varietal wines.

The content of sugar and acidity found in the berries of this grape is decent and therefore it could be used in both the forms.

This grape variety is an amazing variety of grape that produces the wines that are extremely aromatic and flavorful in nature.

The flavors present in the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are similar to plum, berries, vanilla, tobacco as well as herbs. These wines are very fascinating as to their appearance and they wear a ruby red hue.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are best paired with the food items like pasta, smoked vegetables as well as lemon tart.

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Michael Bredahl

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