Vintage: 2021

VintageProduct CodeFormatClosureAvailability
2021VE203A2112 x 75Natural CorkAvailable
Producer

The Antón family (of Izadi and Finca Villacreces) have also invested in the Toro DO, purchasing 20 hectares of Tinta de Toro (the local name for Tempranillo) vines in 2003. The 25 to 60-year-old, south-facing vineyards are located on sandy and clay soils in Villabuena del Puente.

Growing conditions in this area are extreme, with cold winters, frost, strong winds and hot summers all challenging the viticulturalist. The poor soils and subsequently low yields result in wines with excellent flavour and colour intensity, although high temperatures during the growing season and 3,000 sunshine hours per year can bring high alcohol levels if the vine canopy is not carefully managed.

The ‘Flor de Vetus’ Toro, is 100% Tinto de Toro. It has a deep black cherry colour with expressive aromas of red and black berry fruits and touches of spice from time in American and French oak. It is a fresher, more accessible style of wine, designed to be drunk at an earlier stage than its big brother, the Toro, which spends more time in bottle before release. The Toro is well structured, with the robust tannins that are typical of the DO and bright aromas of red berry fruit, smoke, toast and oak. It is well balanced, with a long, powerful finish. This complexity is in part due to the wine being matured in new, French oak barrels.

The family also own vineyards in Rueda, to the east of Toro. The ‘Flor de Vetus’ Rueda is 100% Verdejo and is sourced from an 80-year-old vineyard that lies at 820 metres above sea level in the cool area of Segovia, giving a crisp and fresh style of white wine.

Vineyards

The vineyards are situated in the Segovia area of the Rueda DO, which lies between Ribera del Duero - to the east - and Toro - to the west. The old bush vines, planted in 1992, grow at an altitude of 800 metres above sea level in poor, sandy soils and produce very low yields of top quality Verdejo grapes which display beautiful freshness and good levels of natural acidity, rarely found in the grapes sourced from other nearby areas. The climate is continental with long winters and dry, hot summers.

Vintage

2021 was a rather complex vintage with generally wet conditions. Autumn was warm and rainy, winter was marked by a big snowstorm and cold temperatures that allowed the natural elimination of insects on the vine. After the spring, which had standard temperatures and rainfall, summer was warm and dry.

Vinification

The hand-picked grapes were loaded into small 20kg boxes to ensure that they arrived at the winery in pristine condition. Upon arrival they were destemmed and crushed, with fermentation taking place at controlled temperatures in stainless-steel tanks to retain the fresh varietal characters of the Verdejo grapes. After fermentation was complete, the wine stayed on its fine lees for a short period to add extra complexity and structure.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

This wine is a vibrant yellow in colour with youthful hints. On the nose are intense aromas of tropical, white stone and citrus fruit. The fruit characters carry through to the palate, balanced by refreshing acidity and a persistent finish.

Alcohol (ABV)

13%

Acidity

5.97 g/l

Residual Sugar

1.9 g/l

pH

3.25

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