Numanthia's style relies on a selection of ungrafted, unirrigated 70 – 120-year-old vines of Tinta de Toro (a clone of Tempranillo) – known as 'the blackest of black grapes'. It yields great fruit concentration, intensity and structure – a more powerful and opulent style of wine compared to traditional Rioja.
Named after a legendary Spanish city, said to have resisted Roman invasion for 20 years in 133 BC, Bodega Numanthia is situated in Valdefinjas, D.O. Toro – closer to Portugal than Rioja. New oak, bold fruit and serious tannins are seamlessly knit with fresh acidity and fine purity; no doubt the result of this extreme continental climate with brutally cold winters and hot summers.
Numanthia has also obtained organic certification for 116 of their 200 hectares, and their main external suppliers are converting to organic and have started their certification process.
For lovers of these bold wines, try and pair these with steak, jamón, carpaccio or tomato-based dishes.