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2015 Tinta de Toro Màquina y Tabla
|Grapes||Tinta de Toro|
Tinta de Toro is another name for Tempranillo - the delicious soft and spicy red grape that is at the heart of so many of Spain's finest red wines. Oriol and Susana's is a fascinating wine. This comes from 50-60 year old vines and is made - as with all their wines - in a totally bio-dynamic way. For them nature is in charge but they do not make natural wines - there is a good, real hint on the nose and then the fruit takes over - svelte rich and pure. The old vine intensity is impressive - but this is not big or in your face just a joyous cherry and plum laden drive of gorgeously rounded fruit. With would spice and some meaty whiffs there is a huge amount to enjoy here. L&S (Aug 2018)
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Tinta de Toro. Again they want this to be 'Vino de Pueblo' but for the moment have to call it Vino de España. Some naturalness on the nose and then concentrated and sweet. Not nearly as distinctive as their whites and rosé. Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Oct 2017)
Lots of tar and berry character. Full body, yet vivid and lively with a bright citrusy acidity and a long fresh finish. This is nicely wrapped up. Drink now. Rating: 92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Jul 2017)
Màquina y Tabla
It was an exciting day when we first discovered these brilliant wines, and we are delighted to be introducing them to the UK and share the joy - each wine has an incredible sense of identity and real pow! Yet all done with such charm and restrained style, they just make you smile. Pure, elegant, expressive and so, so drinkable - this is exciting stuff. They look absolutely beautiful too - could this be the perfect package from Spain!?
'Màquina & Tabla' is the brainchild of a dynamic duo - Oriol the winemaker and Susana, who is the creative genius behind the marketing and presentation. They are a tiny family business that began in 2012 in Castilla y León. Their focus is in the details, and they believe in a high quality wine that is always respectful of the land and nature. Their project started from scratch, travelling around the region looking for the oldest and most peculiar vineyards. All their grapes are cultivated bio-dynamically, grown currently in rented vineyards.
Oriol the winemaker describes himself as having been an "oenopath" who, slowly but surely, became more and more interested in winemaking, a passion that turned into a profession during the 2000 harvest in Clos Mogador. Since then as a winemaker he has lead, or taken part in, several projects, including with Vinya l'Hereu, Heretat Montrubí, Els Jelipins and Prieto Pariente. Now, with this project he says he is 'happier than a kid in a candy shop'. Susana comes from the world of arts and entertainment, having been a Creative Editor in publishing, audiovisual and new media for Prisa, Planeta and RBA, while conceptualizing new ideas, she has managed teams and projects, as well as coordinated communication and production for small projects related to art and music. Now she's bringing all of her experience and energy to Màquina & Tabla. The striking label designs by Joan Josep Bertran perhaps need a tiny bit of explanation, and you can read more about them here http://www.maquina-tabla.com/about.
MAQUINA & TABLA are Oriol & Susana Illa who own and operate this extraordinary tiny wine business. All grapes are farmed biodynamically from small plots rented across northern Spain. The wines have attracted much attention for the extraordinary labels but mostly for the extraordinary wines. From traditional Spanish varieties like Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) and Garnacha, or less mainstream varieties like Mencia, Verdejo and Palomino, Oriol and Susana have crafted some delightful and pure, small-scale expressions of the land they farm. Jancis Robinson MW praised their work fulsomely after tasting the wines and meeting the makers at our Autumn tasting last year, making the Laderas de Leonila Blanco her Wine of the Week. Here's your chance to sample a selection from their range - two bottles each of three reds, two whites and their rather charming clarete rosé.
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