Denominacion de Origen
Morales de Toro, Pedrosa del Rey, Villaester, Province of Zamora, D.O. Toro
100% Tinta de Toro
Five vineyards in the towns of Morales de Toro, Pedrosa del Rey and Villaester
1900, 1947, 1954, 1956, 1958
Traditional dry farmed viticulture. Practicing organic gobelet (vaso) trained vines, cultivated completely by hand.
Sandy loam of sedimentary origins dated back to the end of the Cretaceous period. These are the oldest soils in the Spanish Duero River valley. Many of the soils have an important component of iron. Two to three meters below the surface, there is a 25 cm thick layer of red clay. Due to these sandy soils, Toro was the only continental Spanish DO to completely resist phylloxera. Bodegas Ordóñez exclusively works with ungrafted vineyards, as a result.
Continental steppe climate, with drastic temperature swings between day and night. The climate is also very dry – annual rainfall levels reach 350 L/M2.
Sorting is followed by destemming without crushing. The whole berries are transferred to 5,000L open top stainless-steel and polymer vats. Fermentation is started with a pied de cuve, and maceration lasts between six and eight days, no more. The wine is pressed in a vertical basket & pneumatic press for eight to twelve hours and is transferred immediately to second through fourth use barriques.
The primary fermentation finishes in barrique and malolactic starts spontaneously. The wine rests in barrel for 12 months.
Triton Tinta de Toro is the pure representation of the oldest clone of Tempranillo in Spain, located in the only Spanish D.O. that completely resisted the phylloxera plague. During the Middle Ages, Toro was the Spain’s most famous winemaking region. Mentioned in literature by Alfonso IX (King of León, 12th c.), Juan Ruiz the Archpriest of Hita, Quevedo, Luis de Góngora, and Miguel de Cervantes. In 14th Century Sevilla the sale of any foreign wine was prohibited, save the wines of Toro. These wines were also the wines that accompanied Spanish explorers to the New World. D.O. Toro was rediscovered in 1990 by the Numanthia project, masterminded by Jorge Ordóñez and the Eguren family.