Red wine Crianza. 20 months in French oak barrels. Winery: Numanthia. D.O. Toro. (Castilla y León) Variety: Tinta de Toro
Red wine Crianza. 18 months in French oak barrels. Winery: Numanthia. D.O. Toro. (Castilla y León) Variety: Tinta de Toro
Red wine Crianza. 16 months in French oak barrels. Winery: Numanthia. D.O. Toro. (Castilla y León) Variety: Tinta de Toro
D.O.: D.O. Toro
The origin of this project goes back to the end of the 90s, with the interest that these lands and their old vines awoke in the Eguren brothers. They had a long career in the cultivation and production of wines in unique Rioja plots, such as Sierra Cantabria, Señorío de San Vicente, Viñedos de Páganos, Dominio de Eguren and, at present, in Teso la Monja, also in Toro. In 2008, after their Termanthia was achieved the highest score, 100 points, awarded by the prestigious critic Robert Parker, the winery, its vineyards and its brands were bought by the French luxury group Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH). With this purchase, the LVMH group incorporated three Toro wines to its exclusive portfolio of brands. These joined other world-class wines owned by the multinational, among them, mythical wines such as the Château d'Yquem, the most valued Sauternes, Château Cheval Blanc, plus unique Champagnes like Krug, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Mercier, Ruinart or the most popular one, Moët & Chandon. The company was created in 1987, after the merger of two large companies, the fashion house Louis Vuitton and Moët Hennessy, formed in 1971 after the champagne producer Moët & Chandon merger with the cognac producer Hennessy.
However, the sale of Numanthia did not mean that the Eguren family left Toro. They vinified the 2007 harvest in a new winery that operates under the commercial name of Dominio de Eguren, whose managers are in the process of buying vineyards to supply and profile the Eguren wines.
History of the winery
The winery is located in the village of Valdefinjas, a few kilometres from the city of Toro. It has 49 hectares of ungrafted vineyard in the municipalities of Valdefinjas and Toro. Almost half of them are planted with vines of between 70 and 100 years old, in addition to a small 4.8-hectare farm in Argujillo, with vines planted between 1870 and 1890, and which are the origin of the exceptional Termanthia wine. The winery has also identified and cultivates five differentiated clones of Tinta de Toro, a variety of the Tempranillo family that has thick bunches with small grapes. They have an intense colour and very powerful tannins that have their habitat in the extreme conditions of a very dry climate, and of sandy-stone soils that are sometimes four meters deep, with a clayey subsoil.
Since 2015, Lucas Löwi is the director of Bodega Numanthia, an Argentinian man from Mendoza, passionate about wine. He crossed the Atlantic to take over the Toresana winery of the LVMH group, after a career linked to the Argentinian luxury wines. Lucas holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, and an MBA from the IAE Business School in Buenos Aires. He has worked in sales and exports for Coca-Cola and Bodegas Santa Ana, before joining Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines, where he was the export manager of Bodegas Chandon Argentina and senior manager of business development for Latin America. Lucas Löwi's passion for the world of wine is determined by his family roots in the land of Mendoza, Argentina, at the foot of the Andes. On the other hand, Manuel Louzada is in charge of the winery. He is a passionate oenologist of Portuguese origin, with extensive experience in the production of wines and sparkling wines in Argentina with Bodegas Chandon, Terrazas de los Andes and Cheval des Andes, who took on the challenge of this winery since its acquisition by Estates & Wines, the LVMH wine division.
With a meticulous and tenacious production, defined by the small details, the winery has shown how it can extract a great potential of elegance and refinement in originally hard wines. In the case of Toro there are two factors that complement each other. One is that it is in a very hot area. In summer they reach 42 degrees, but its just as it is, and they know very well the features of the sandy soils. The other one is pruning. For Numanthia it is very important to prune the vines in vase shape to maintain the acidity. They have vines that are between 30 and 40 cm high, and with the pruning they balance the vineyard, which needs to be cared for very well. The top part of the vine has like a crown, and they do not allow the bunches to stay in the middle; they want them to grow protected. On the other hand, Toro soils, with more than 60 percent sand and high acidity, prevent phylloxera from thriving. However, this plague was a filter in the genetic evolution of the Tempranillo vines that arose a thousand years ago and evolved to adapt to different areas. In Toro, it adapted in the line of the Tinta de Toro. And although the phylloxera swept all vines, people saved the best, leaving those that gave less grapes or did not bloom properly each year. Then, the genetic variety was lost and, currently, all the Tempranillo vines planted come from two clones. The Tinta de Toro comes from an unfiltered genetic line, so its genetic adaptation remains intact. One of the main working factors is using their grapes to make Numanthia and to make elaborate each terroir with the genetic material. The winery has up to five different genetic materials. The idea was to transform the Tinta de Toro to make a new type of wine. All the work that they do in viticulture on the selection of old vineyards, even those that resisted the phylloxera and that are over a hundred years, goes in this direction. The vineyards have an average area of between 0.6 and 0.7 hectares, which translates into 600 to 800 vineyards per plot, surrounded by mountains. It is common to see mice and even snakes hibernating inside some of the vines. In addition, they have the sand of the soil, the heat, very scarce rainfall and the own resistance of the grapes, which have a hard skins to resist the dryness. All of this which favours their choice to carry out organic agriculture. This was their aim from the beginning and they only use sulphur as a treatment.
Wines from Bodegas Numanthia
Below you will find a list of wines from Bodegas Numanthia, which you can buy at Decántalo:
Termes is the youngest wine of the winery. It is a single-variety of Tinta de Toro. The grapes come from old vineyards of 30 to 50 years planted at 700 metres of altitude. The grapes are harvested manually at their optimal ripeness point, applying a careful selection of bunches in the vineyard. To make this wine, the grapes fermented for 8 days at a controlled temperature of 26-28ºC, with 2 daily punch-downs. Subsequently, they performed a maceration with the skins for 21 days, also applying gentle punch-downs. After the fermentation, the wine is aged for 16 months in single-use French oak barrels, with rackings every 4 months. On the nose, it is fresh, with a strong prevalence of wild fruits such as blackberries or wild strawberries, along with nuances of the barrel and light aromas of coffee, rosemary, cinnamon and white pepper. In the mouth, it is ample, with fruit sensations reminiscent of black cherries and plums, with a good acidity, and a long and persistent finish.
Numanthia is made from Tinta de Toro grapes, from 30 to 50 year old vineyards cultivated at an altitude of 700 metres. The harvest is carried out exclusively by hand, with a strict selection in of bunches in the vineyard, in perfect health conditions and at the optimum ripeness point. It goes through a traditional production process, with 100% of destemmed grapes and at a controlled temperature between 26ºC and 28ºC. It is subjected to a prolonged maceration with the skins for 25 days, with gentle punch-downs, and ageing in new French oak barrels for 18 months, with rackings every 4 months. It is an intensely aromatic wine with a remarkable presence of black fruits, mainly blueberries and blackcurrants, accompanied by notes of figs and confectioner's cream, where slight nuances of black pepper and clove are complemented by aromas of roasted hazelnut. In the mouth, it is intense, powerful and vigorous, with an astonishing structure and an impressive fruit expression, along with perfectly mature tannins that create an unctuous sensation in the mouth. A very long and elegant finish, with notes of tobacco leaves and balsamic hints. The complexity and the craftsmanship production of this extraordinary wine stand out.
Termanthia is a "vino de pago" from the vineyard "Teso de los Carriles" located in Argujillo. It has an area of 4.78 hectares, with ungrafted vines planted between 1870 and 1890, at an altitude of 80 metres. The harvest is performed exclusively by hand, with manual destemming and a strict selection, berry by berry. Cold pre-fermentation maceration for 5 days and prolonged maceration with the skins for 16 days. It ferments in two 10-hl truncated cone shape French oak barrels and two of 20 hl for 10 days, and it is aged for 20 months in a double French oak barrel with rackings every 4 months. A complex and elegant wine. Extremely rich and complete. The nose is a sophisticated palette of aromas. Fresh raspberries, blackberries, red currants and other black fruits are enveloped by floral aromas of violets and rose petals. It also has shades of black pepper and roasted almonds that evolve into sweet spices, like cardamom and vanilla, ending in truffles and mineral notes characteristic of the terroir. In the mouth, it is elegant and velvety, with a perfect balance between acidity and firm and silky tannins, which give this wine a great structure and volume, with a progressive explosion of delicate and concentrated aroma. Deep evolution in the glass in which all the aromas of nose, red and black fruit, cocoa and floral notes, cover the palate until they reach a long and complex finish in the mouth, with spicy, mineral hints, and roasted notes.
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