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Tardencuba Toro Roble 2008
For their top wines Tardencuba uses only ungrafted centennial vines. The soil is is rocky, with numerous boulders. There are are an average of 12 feet of soil until the vine's roots can extend and reach the bedrock. This dry and barren soil is immune to attack by phylloxera and to this day all the old vines have their original rootstock (ungrafted). Yields are low, an average of only 2-3 lbs per plant. The vineyards are not irrigated.
The grapes are picked by hand at dawn in small 40 lbs cases. Fermentation takes place in small concrete tanks, plot by plot, to preserve its individuality. Only native yeasts are used. and fermentation is spontaneous. The wines are bottled without fining or filtration, direct into the bottle from the casks.