Intense and beautifully balanced, with a rich citrus and peach fruit character.
Toro, Castilla y Leon
The Vetus Tinto de Toro and Verdejo are produced at two seperate estates both within Castilla y Leon. The Tinta Do Toro (the local name for Tempranillo) is produced from 20 hectares of old vines, located in Villabuena del Puente within Toro. It is a project which was started by the owners of Izadi in the Toro DO, with their first vintage in 2003. A recent addition to the range, is the Flor de Vetus Verdejo, sourced from the Rueda DO where the Izadi family also own vineyards.
The vineyards are located 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 grow at an altitude of 800 metres in poor, sandy soils and produce very low yields of top quality Verdejo grapes which show brilliant freshness and excellent levels of natural acidity, rarely found in the grapes sourced from other nearby areas. The climate is continental with long winters, short springs and dry, hot summers.
The grapes were handpicked into small 20 kilogram boxes in early September. Cold maceration, followed by fermentation at low temperatures in stainless steel, ensured the fresh varietal nature of the Verdejo grapes was retained in the final wine. After fermentation was complete, the wine stayed on its fine lees to add extra complexity and structure.
This wine is bright yellow in colour with hints of green. On the nose it is intense and harmonious with a rich citrus and peach fruit character. On the palate, tropical notes with ripe lemon touches lead onto a long, lively and refreshing finish.