Origin: Miguel Torres, Catalunya D.O.
Taste guide: Medium bodied, red cherry and dark berry fruit flavours, hints of coffee, toasty notes from the oak ageing
75cl - 13.5% - screwcap
Catalunya (Catalonia) has a long and noteworthy tradition in winemaking from the time of the Phoenicians who introduced it hundreds of years before the Romans. The first Torres winery was built in Catalonia and, encouraged by this thousand-year-old culture, Torres began its expansion by paying homage to the best vineyards in the world, selecting the best estates and seeking the local identify of each land. As far back as 1954 Miguel Torres was already seeking out the most prized Mediterranean grape varieties to create a different wine that would express the authentic character of the land. This led to the birth of "Sangre de Toro", whose name is inspired by Bacchus, Roman god of wine, known in ancient times as "Son of the Bull".
Located along the Mediterranean coast in north-eastern Spain, the region of Catalunya is strongly influenced by the Mediterranean, marked by warm climates along the coast and cooler climates along the foothills, which can stretch as far as 610m above sea level. The very best vines grow in these lands with very varied climates and soils and their grapes give rise to exceptional wines that have positioned the region in the eyes of all quality enthusiasts.
This wine is a blend of Garnacha and Cariñena grapes which were harvested at their optimum and taken to Torres's modern winery. Vinified separately with an initial maceration on the skins for 2 weeks, before fermentation in stainless steel under controlled temperature for another week. The wines were then blended and transferred for oak ageing in a mixture of American and French barrels for 6 months before bottling in July of 2015.
The colour of this wine is deep cherry red. The nose exhibits a rich aroma of dark berries (wild blackberries) with ripe (dried plums) and toasted (roasted coffee) notes. The palate is intense and warm, succulent and velvety, with an echo of licorice on the finish.
The winery indicates an ageing potential of up to 8 years from release, so is drinking superbly well now, but will keep.
Sells for up to £7.50 elsewhere - Binendwine's price is just £5.95.