Vinateros Santos, Tempranillo El Torito 2020

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100% Tempranillo

Organic/Biodynamic

Castilla y León, Spain

The Viñateros Santos wines are inspired by conversations between Coeur
Wine and Mayu Miller of Viña Franca about a shared passion for the wines
from northwestern Spain, near the border with northern Portugal. Drawing
from her network built over two decades of living in Spain, Mayu works with
talented winemakers to produce and bottle exclusive blends under the
Viñateros Santos label.  For the first ever releases, both wines are sourced
from organic and biodynamically farmed vineyards and made by one of
Spain’s most talented young winemakers.  These special wines would
normally be blended into other cuvées from the producer, but a custom
cuvee is created after tasting through multiple lots in the cellar.

Viñateros Santos wines are focused on cool and fresh climate, complex soils,
and old vineyards. That directed us towards the northwest of Spain. Zamora,
in the northwest part of Castilla y Leon is located close to Galicia and the
Portuguese border. The landscape is deep green woods, high mountains
and soil rich in minerals. The area suffered from huge migration after the
Spanish civil war. People left old rural villages in search of well-paid jobs
and moved to big cities. As a result, many of the vineyards weren’t hit by
the “standardization” replanting to international varieties which was common
in the 1980s and instead have been cared for by old people with their hands
day by day. Tinta de Toro is the most famous grape variety in Zamora but as
it’s near Portugal, there are many old vineyards that have field blends of
indigenous grapes, such as Bastardo, Merenzao, etc. All the vineyards are
looked after with organic farming and following biodynamic principles by the
grower, and we are proud to offer these unique wines.

El Tomillar is 16 ha but the winemaker selects grapes from the best parts of
the vineyards- those with more altitude and rockier soils- for El Torito. The
vineyard was planted in the 1970s, but when the winemaker speaks about
the vines, he says “they are still young’! Goblet training and the plot is
oriented south. Altitude is 720m above sea level. Winemaking: grapes are
hand-picked and vinified 100% whole clusters that are initially are crushed
by foot. Fermentation in stainless steel with natural yeast with temperature
control (16-23dC). Aged in 2000 liter neutral oak casks for three months.
During the winter, the wine rests and decants naturally.