The 2016 vintage (not yet UK-available) of this wine was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2019 (sponsored) review of the Toro region (see blue link below).
Flor de Vetus 2016 - March 2019 Decanter review
The Vetus estate comprises 10 hectares of old Tinta de Toro (the local name for Tempranillo) vines, located in Villabuena del Puente in the region of Morales de Toro. It is a project which was started by the owners of Izadi in the Toro DO, with their first vintage in 2003. A recent addition to the range, is the Flor de Vetus Verdejo, a crisp, fresh style of Verdejo from Rueda DO where the Izadi family also own vineyards.
The vineyards are 30 years old and cover 20 hectares of south-facing sites, with sandy and clay soils. The climate is continental with long, hot and often very dry summers and quite cold winters. At this altitude of 700 metres above sea level, temperatures may drop to 10°C in winter. Frost is also a danger between October and the first week of May and vineyards located in the flattest area are liable to be hit by strong winds. Yields are naturally low at around five tonnes per hectare on average.
Budbreak arrived early in the spring of 2015. During the flowering stage, a change in weather conditions brought rain and wind and produced significant coulure which meant a 30% reduction in production. The summer was very dry and warm, helping the remaining grapes to ripen fully. The vintage started quite early with ideal conditions for harvesting high quality grapes.
100% Tempranillo (Tinto de Toro).
The grapes were handpicked into small, 15 kilogram boxes in the first week of October. Flor de Vetus was fermented in stainless steel vats at 28ºC and aged in 50% French (Taransaud & Cadus) and 50% American (Demptos & Canton) oak barrels (50% new, 50% second use) for nine months before bottling.
Deep black cherry in colour, this wine has expressive aromas of fresh red and black berry fruit. On the palate, it is a well-balanced and structured wine with a medium to full body and a pleasant, succulent finish.