Bodegas Ordóñez S.L. ~ Toro

Vatan

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2016 Vintage

93+pts

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2015 Vintage

92pts

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2015 Vintage

91pts

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O. Toro

Location

Vallaester de Abajo, in the province of Zamora, D.O. Toro

Varietal

100% Tinta de Toro

Vineyards

Finca Los Quemaos

Year(s) Planted

Planted in 1900 on ungrafted (original) rootstock.

Viticulture

Traditional dry farmed viticulture. Organic Gobelet trained vines. Cultivated completely by hand.

Soils

Primarily sandy soils from alluvial origin. There is a layer of red clay 20 cm thick in the subsoil two to three meters below the surface. These sandy soils allowed this region to successfully resist the phylloxera.

Climate

Continental steppe climate, with drastic temperature swings between day and night. The climate is also very dry – annual rainfall levels reach 350 liters/m2, less than half of Rioja and much less than Ribera del Duero.

Winemaking

Rigorous sorting is followed by destemming and the whole berries are transferred to open top three ton stainless steel temperature controlled fermenters. The spontaneous fermentation is carried out by indigenous yeast. The wine completes primary fermentation and malolactic fermentation in barrel.

Ageing

18-22 months in primarily Bordeaux and Burgundy barrels with a small percentage of the wine in 500&600L puncheons and demi-muids.

Comments

Vatan is the pure representation of the oldest clone of Tempranillo in Spain, from some of the oldest ungrafted vines in the country, located in the only Spanish D.O. that completely resisted the phylloxera plague. During the Middle Ages, Toro was 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 accompanied Spanish explorers to the New World. D.O. Toro was rediscovered by the Numanthia project, masterminded by Jorge Ordóñez and the Eguren family.