Numanthia 2011


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Numanthia, Toro Region, Spain 2011  

100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) aged in new French oak for around 18 months. 

A full bodied red with aromas of cassis, blackberry, cedar, spice and coffee, with flavours of blackberry, chocolate and spice, leaving a long and memorable finish. This is a full bodied and powerful red, layered and complex, it is enjoyable now but will also benefit from continued cellaring for another 10 years.  

The name Numanthia comes from an antique city, whose people heroically resisted the Romans, choosing to die rather than surrender. The vines, due to the high altitude of the vineyard, were not affected by Phylloxera and the vineyard has been in existence for 1000 years. 

Numanthia's style relies on a selection of exceptional ungrafted vineyards, mostly aged 70 to 100 years. These low yielding vines offer, year after year, extreme concentration of 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) 

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