Don Jacobo Tempranillo Blanco Ecológico 2022



This blew us away in terms of quality/price but also sheer deliciousness. It’s produced from White Tempranillo, not the famous red Tempranillo fermented without the skins but a now autonomous variety that resulted from a natural genetic mutation from a single branch of a strain of Tempranillo Tinto, discovered in 1988 in an old vineyard at Murillo del Rio Leza in La Rioja.

The vineyards are in Rioja Oriental at 300 metres altitude, fully organic and with minimal intervention during the growing season. Fermentation is in steel with 3 month maturation in bottle—it’s all about the fruit here.

Mid gold in colour, the nose is quite vibrant, with a mix of tropical and autumn fruits, pear, peach and banana, with some floral accompaniment. It’s the palate that wows though; lush and deftly weighted, with lovely minerality and a delicious balance of ripe fruits and crisp freshness.

Perfect with most seafood dishes or just on its own to ponder the wonders of genetic evolution.

  • Smooth, rounded, fruity
  • 750ml
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2025

Producer: Bodegas Corral (Don Jacobo)

Bodegas Corral was established in 1898 and remains in the Corral family hands to this day. The Don Jacobo brand that adorns most of winery's labels is named after the pilgrimage Way of St. James, or Camino de Santiago, with Corral the only winery in Rioja to sit right on the world heritage route.

Corral were early adopters to organic growing and, despite their modest size compared to some of the huge commercial producers in the region, have one of the largest holdings of organic vineyards in Rioja. By 2023 the entire vineyard holdings will be certified organic and all wines are already vegan certified. The philosophy is to sacrifice volume for quality and environmental harmony, to future proof the winery and vineyards, and make sure that the next generation of the family inherit something very special.

Vineyard plantings include indigenous varietals Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Viura, with increasing focus on rarer varietals such as Tempranillo Blanco, Graciano, Maturana Tinta and Blanco, and Garnacha Blanca.

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