Tempranillo is as Spanish as Rafael Nadal, or Antonio Banderas, and it's just as sexy. This offering from Telmo Rodriguez punches well above it's price-point, and shows scents of vibrant, youthful red and blue berries on the nose, together with slight florals and curry leaf spices. The palate is full-bodied, lush and lively, with juicy berry flavours, chalky tannins, muted oak, and a dry, long, fulsome finish. It's excellent stuff that would go well with a range of meat dishes.
Estate: Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain’s pioneer winemakers, advocating native grape varietals tied to the climates and conditions of their sites, and making world-class wines from undiscovered, as well as known, regions. Perhaps most impressive, while Telmo Rodriguez makes rare and limited wines of astonishing character and quality, his everyday wines have been equally praised, and widely recognised for the tremendous value they offer.
Wine: Dehesa Gago is 100% Tinto de Toro (the local clone of Tempranillo). The Telmo Rodriguez wines in Toro are named after a Spanish breed of bull that is both elegant and powerful. The 19th century lower-case “g” typeface that appears on all the Toro wines is transformed, and modernised, by a bull horn.
Vineyard: Along with a few other notable winemakers, Telmo was one of the first to rediscover vineyards of decades-old, bush-trained vineyards in Toro. He was a major force in elevating the region to one of the most interesting “new” wine regions of Spain.
Vinification: Dehesa Gago is fermented in neutral cement casks and stainless steel. It is then aged for 4-6 months in cement tanks.
Tasting Note: The distinctive red soils produce a Tinto de Toro (the local clone of Tempranillo) with tremendous fruit concentration, ripeness, acidity, tannins and structure. Dehesa Gago is the wine Telmo has used to discover and understand the vineyards of Toro, a pure wine that eschews oak and showcases fruit.