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, located in Villabuena del Puente, and cover 10 hectares of south-facing sites, with sandy and clay soils. They are planted with Tinta de Toro, thought to be Tempranillo which has adapted to the climate of this area. The climate is continental, with long, hot and often very dry summers and quite cold winters. Temperatures may drop to -10°C in winter, and rainfall varies between 30mm in the north of the region and 400mm in the south. 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.
The 2014 harvest was a little earlier than the previous vintage without significant issues. The grapes reached harvest in very good health and the quantity was smaller than in 2013, which was higher than normal. During harvest there were significant temperature differences between day and night which was excellent for the development of aromatic compounds in the grapes.
100% Tempranillo (Tinto de Toro).
The grapes were handpicked in the first week of October. The grapes were then destemmed and partially crushed. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and lasted 28 days, during which frequent gentle pumping over of the must took place to extract ripe tannins and good colour. After 12 months in new oak, 100% French, the final blend was assembled.
This wine is deep cherry in colour and an expressive aroma of ripe fruit with a subtle touch of sweet spices. On the palate, it is a well structured and perfectly balanced wine with an exquisite aftertaste, ripe tannins and good acidity.