100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) aged in new French oak for around 18 months.
The name Numanthia comes from an antique city, whose people heroically resisted the Romans, choosing to die rather than surrender. The vines due their altitude of the vineyard were not affected by Phylloxera and the vine yard has been in existence for 1000 years.
Numanthia style relies on a selection of exceptional ungrafted vineyards, with more than mostly aged 70 to 100 years . These low yielding vines offer, year after year, extremely concentration fruit with intensity and structure. Producing a solidly built wine, with tannins that are both sharp and well integrated. This is wine for ageing in your cellar or if you do drink soon we would recommend an hour in the decanter. To be served with food.
Only recently bottled as single vineyard (thanks to deep pockets of LVMH?). Tinta de Toro aged 50+ years, at 700 m. RS 2 g/l. 100% new French oak (Bordeaux barrels). Very deep colour. Still has the Tempranillo sweetness of fruit but less sweet than 7. More earthy. Perhaps even riper though – slightly raisined character. More leather. Thicker and richer and not as precise. More velvety but thick tannins. More burly. Lots of spice and polished but pushed a little too far. Maybe it will become more elegant with age. (JH) www.jancisrobinson.com