The wild and remote Toro region in northwest Spain, has gone from zero to hero in the last 10 to 15 years. Practically unheard of in the 90s, it is fast becoming one of Spain’s most exciting fine wine regions.
While the region establishes itself, there is still some serious value to be found though, and Xavier Iturria's wines are prime examples.
Xavier bought his plot of ungrafted old vines back in 2009 and has been making quite a name for himself since then. He makes just two wines, both rich reds as is the Toro way but with an elegance that is becoming his signature style.
The Iturria 2018 is a wonderfully smooth, polished red made from 90% Tinta de Toro and 10% Garnacha. It is medium bodied with ripe, dark cherry fruit, a bit of spice, freshness thanks to the altitude and a slight toastiness from 13 months ageing in French oak. The overall balance is excellent and the complexity mightily impressive for the price.
TINTA DE TORO 90%
PLANTED IN ITS ENTIRETY ON LOW VINE AND UNGRAFTED EARTH.
AGES BETWEEN 20 AND 60 YEARS.
ALTITUDE BETWEEN 650 AND 700 METRES.
BIODYNAMIC EARTH MANAGEMENT. ABSENCE OF PESTICIDES. ORGANIC PESTICIDES AND FUNGICIDES.
22 MONTHS IN FRENCH BARRELS.
MACERATION FOR 15 DAYS.
FERMENTATION AT LOW TEMPERATURES (MAXIMUM 27°).
NATIVE YEAST FERMENTATION - STIRRED.
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION IN BARRELS.
COLOUR: BRIGHT CHERRY RED
AROMA: HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE. FRUIT AND SPICES ARE BLENDED, WITH HIGHLY-INTEGRATED HINTS OF WOOD.
PALATE: COMPLEX AND PLEASANT, WITH VERY FINE TANNINS AND A DEEP AROMATIC PERSISTENCE.
Number of bottles
BETWEEN 15° AND 18°. MAY BE DECANTED.
Storage and conservation
IN WINE CELLAR, BETWEEN 12° AND 15°.