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Characteristics of Encomienda de la Vega
Encomienda de la Vega is a red wine from D.O. Toro, the 'small' one of Bodegas Divina Proporción. In 2009 they began to construct the winery and in 2012 they planted the vines around the building. The first wine arrived in 2011.
This wine is a single variety Tinta de Toro grown in 15 hectares of their own vineyards with vines of a minimum age of 30 years old, located around the winery, over 600-900 metres above sea level.
The climate in this area is extreme as the winters are already very cold (minimum of -10 degrees) and summers are very warm (maximum of 40 degrees)
The harvest is done by hand and in small crates in order to ensure they arrive at the winery intact. The selection of the grape is the same in the vineyards as in the winery, the quality is fundamental. After the maceration of the grapes in stainless steel deposits, they undergo a fermentation with local yeast for 10 days.
Finally, Encomienda de la Vega rest in French and American oak barrels for 5 months in order to gain longevity without losing freshness and joy.
This is an excellent vintage in D.O. Toro. With a somewhat particular autumn due to scarce rainfall and slightly higher than normal temperatures. It wasn’t until early January that the rainfall went back to normal.From February to March, temperatures and rainfall were normal, so the water reserves and the growth cycle began correctly.Budding and flowering were delayed for a few days due to low temperatures in May.The high temperatures start at the end of June, boosting the flowering and growth process.The summer went by without any major weather events until mid-September, when light rains and a drop in temperatures led to a slower ripening until the start of the harvest, which arrived with an optimum degree of ripeness.The wines of this vintage present a great balance between ripeness and acidity. Wines fresh in their youth and prepared to age perfectly.
This year, which was described as a very good one, started with high temperatures that did not lower until the end of November. There were also quite low water reserves. In the early spring, temperatures began to rise, leading to the first bleedings of the vines. The beginning of the growth cycle did not present any major upheavals, except for the low humidity due to the lack of rain during the winter. During May, the vines began to develop their buds, causing the flowering during the first week of June. When they started to ripen, the drought and the stress on the vines was evident. At the end of August, there a certain amount of rain helped to hydrate the bunches, which helped to collect the healthiest grapes.As a result, we have a year with wines of a concentrated profile and some acidity. Perfect in their youth and with a medium ageing capacity.
The vintage began with a rainy autumn and low temperatures that produced frost for days in a row in December. At the beginning of March, temperatures began to recover and at the beginning of April, the start of the growth cycle was already visible. Due to the persistence of high temperatures, the growth of the vines took place faster, bringing forward the flowering. In June, temperatures dropped but in July they increased significantly, causing the dehydration of some berries. In August and early September the weather evolved normally, until the arrival of the harvest.As a result, we have a year with wines of good body and acidity. Fluid wines in their youth and with a good ageing capacity.
SightGarnet colour with purple rim.NoseOn the nose there is a medium to medium-high intensity. We can appreciate the black and red fruit notes that are almost preserve with toasted, spice, balsamic and cocoa notes.TasteOn the palate it is dry with an adequate acidity and flavour. Fruity and spicy. Good persistence.
SightDark cherry colour with violet reflections. Clean and very bright. It has beautiful tears that stain the glass.NoseMedium-high intensity nasal aromas with an explosion of notes of fruit. Its notes of ripe black fruit such as blueberries, raspberries, cherries in liquor and stewed blackberries, give way to spicy nuances and hints of liquorice.TasteIn the palate, this Spanish wine is powerful, balanced, tasty and intense. It shows a great acidity which makes it highly fresh, deep and crispy. It is the kind of acidity which invites to the next sip. Its fleshy and pleasant tannins are quite noticeable. It has a long and persistent finish which leaves fruity and spicy notes in the aftertaste. A red wine with an unbeatable value (and pleasure) for money.
In Toro, the red wines are mainly made with the Tinta de Toro grape variety, planted on soils of fluvial origin by the influence of the Duero River and its tributaries, grown on poor, sandy and dry soils the further away you move from the river. Toro offers powerful wines, well bodied, flavourful, complex, and tannic. Although on a smaller scale, the region also produces white wines using the Verdejo and Malvasía varieties. Since the ´80’s, Toro has experienced a revival in its wines, thanks to a new generation of highly skilled winemakers and the installation of many big names in the region, such as Pintia, a winery belonging to the Vega Sicília group, or Teso la Monja, part of Sierra Cantabria.
Divina Proporción is a relatively new winery, small and familiar, located in D.O. Toro, where they have the native variety Tinta de Toro as their flagship. Its wines, modern and honest, are conceived under the philosophy of boosting the identity of the terroir, as well as the personality and quality of the local varieties of the area. They offer a good image and an excellent quality for price. There are a clear bet in a growing area and with great oenological interest.