Numanthia & Termes
The very definition of modern-day, Spanish red
'This wine establishes a new benchmark for the Toro appellation.' – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
'Over the past 20 years, Spain has become the most dynamic wine region in Europe,' says Wine Spectator, referring to the emergence of modern icons like Numanthia and its 'baby brother' Termes, which offer a rarely-seen combination of power and elegance.
Upon its inception in 1998, Robert Parker wrote: 'this sensational new offering will prove to be the breakthrough effort for the Toro appellation.' This still rings true today. His sentiments have been echoed by various critics, including Neal Martin who wrote in the late-2000s: 'this wine should be at the top of any Toro-lovers' list'. Continuing their upward trajectory, both the 2016 Numanthia and 2017 Termes made it onto James Suckling's list of Top 100 Spanish wines of 2020.
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.