Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2019 edition (sponsored) review of the Toro region (see blue link below).
Vetus 2015 - March 2019 Decanter review
The Vetus estate comprises 20 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 vintage 2015 enjoyed a mild winter and a warm summer with very little rain. These extremes delayed ripening but despite the slow start, the grapes reached full maturity in time to be harvested on schedule (between the 11th September and the 2nd October), with several passes through the vineyard ensuring each parcel was picked at perfect ripeness.
The grapes were handpicked, destemmed and partially crushed before cool soaking for three days. Fermentation took place in temperaturecontrolled stainless steel tanks with frequent pumping over of the must to extract tannins and colour. The wine then macerated for 3-4 days before undergoing malolactic fermentation in tank. The wine was aged for 12 months in 100% new French oak barrels.
100% Tempranillo (Tinto de Toro).
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.
ABV = 14.5%.