Numanthia, Toro, 2005

  Numanthia Termes

Numanthia, Toro

A wine of great character and presence, this is not all about power and force displaying enough style and complexity to counter balance. Harvested at 20 hl/ha over 5 days and aged for 20 months in french oak this bursts with flavours of creme de mure, cherry, violet, plum and spice.

Contains Sulphites.

About Numanthia Termes

The estate takes its name from the city of Numanthia which in 133 B.C. fought its last battle after a tiresome siege by the Roman Legion. The orginal owners the Egurens wanted to commemorate the fighting spirit this town embodied by naming their Toro estate after it. From the 2007 vintage the estate has been in the hands of LVMH, the Egurens selling up and establishing the Teso La Monja estate. The vines themselves are today fighting their own honourable battle against phylloxera, still ungrafted and aged between 70 -140 years old. Expect big, bold power, harnessed in sleek dark clothing.

Appellation: Toro

Up and coming region in Spain with the potential produce some of Spain's most glorious red wines. To the west of Ribera del Duero, a similar style of wine is created but perhaps with less tannin but

Grape Type: Tempranillo

Tempranillo is now a widely recognised varietal, largely due to the international fame of Rioja, for which it is a key varietal. Being thick-skinned and producing vibrant fruit driven wines with depth and longevity it is often regarded as Spain's answer to Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripening two weeks earlier than Garnacha, and having a short growing period, it is better suited to Rioja's higher and cooler Alta and Alevesa areas. Excellent examples from Rioja include St Vicente and Amancio from Eguren and the more traditional style wines of La Rioja Alta, namely Gran Reserva 904 and our own-label Rioja Reserva. As well as being planted throughout central Spain, the Toro region is increasingly recognised as producing world-class Tempranillo, the wines at Teso La Monja, namely Almirez, Alabaster and Victorino show signs of greatness! It is also known as Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero and Tinto Roriz in Portugal.