Viñaguareña specializes in Tempranillo, which make up the majority of their 32 hectares. Tempranillo is known as Tinto de Toro in the sub-region of Toro, in Castilla y Leon. Though Viñaguareña is relatively young, founded in 1999, the vineyard boast vines ranging in age up to 150 years. These are some of the oldest vines in the area and are managed by small growers and the Viñaguareña vineyard team. Toro, located south west of Ribera del Duero, receives very little rainfall and 2,800 hours of scorching sunlight annually. These conditions leave behind poor and dry soils. Translating directly to bull, ‘Toro’ vines mimic the animal’s qualities of strength and persistence. The Viñaguareña Mazal is made exclusively with estate grapes, located on the banks of the Guareña river, a tributary of the famous Douro river. This wine was made, bottled and imported exclusively for WineCollective members! Enjoy this year and serve at proper room temperature of 18C.
Red apple core with a tawny-brickish edge when tilted, which can indicate age on a wine.
Blue and black berries dominate, with concrete dust, wood and dry earth. Black licorice, kalamata olive and hint of vanilla bean create a unique nasal experience.
Slick palate with mouth-filling, brambly berries. There are dry-woody tannins that are sticky on the tongue and gums. The acidity is gushing and bright, really elevating the heavy black fruits and earthy notes. In addition to blackberry and stems, we still get hints of the olives. The finish has a touch of heat, Toro is known for higher alcohol wines.
Braised beef, stews, or roasted dishes. The acidity will cut through richness and fat and the rugged flavours will play off of hearty meals.