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Characteristics of Uro
Uro is a red wine from D.O. Toro, produced by the winery Hacienda Terra d’Uro.
Hacienda Terra d'Uro is a project by Oscar Garrote, Cristiano Van Zeller and Pipa Ortega, three oenologists with a long history in the world of wine. Here, they are seeking to produce wines with character that reflect the characteristics of the area. Do to this, they have a unique terroir with vineyards of different ages, from 15 to over 140 years old, from the pre-phylloxeric times. They are small plots that form a set of about 7 hectares, with around 900 vines each.
Uro is a red wine made with Tinta de Toro from their own farm, La Coscojosa, a vineyard that is over 90 years old cultivated following the parameters of organic viticulture.
Harvesting is carried out manually, selecting the grapes in the vineyard and in the winery. It goes through cold maceration before fermenting in stainless steel deposits. The malolactic fermentation takes place in 500-litre French oak barrels, where it remains for 20 months.
Uro is a mature, powerful and structured wine. On the nose, aromas of ripe black fruit with light smoked and spicy notes stand out. In the mouth, it is intense, broad and with a long and persistent finish.
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.
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.