Bodegas Tarsus, a Pioneering Vineyard in Ribera del Duero
The installations of Bodegas Tarsus , surrounded by vineyards, are enclaved in the town of Anguix, province of Burgos, part of the Ribera de Duero Designation of Origin. Its founder was Íñigo Moreno, associated with the world of wines and intimately familiar with the region. Moreno was committed to the country's Tinta del País –the autochthonous variety–, and planted it in the majority of the estate's plots (66 ha).
Text: Maite Díez/Club de Gourmets Magazine
Bodegas Tarsus is part of Pernod Ricard Bodegas, subsidiary of the Pernod Ricard Group, dedicated to the production and export of quality Spanish wines –it exports to more than 70 countries–, to which Campo Viejo, Ysios, AGE, Aura and Vinícola de Navarra also belong.
Depending on the soil's characteristics, variety and orientation of the terrain, the Tarsus vineyard is distributed into twenty-one parcels of land that are individually and specifically controlled. This way, according to the company's enologist Teresa Rodríguez, they obtain different nuances and structures that can comprise a great blend; likewise, it enables them to exhaustively control each one year round. The fruit –the harvest is manual and individualized– arrives in optimal conditions and within a very short period to the cellar's nearby installations. “We monitor the grapes' phenology and have designed and controlled the required treatments to harvest exactly at the ideal point of maturity,” Rodríguez explains. All of these control guidelines include key factors to obtain wines of unique expression that Club de Vinos Gourmets has selected for this month.
As a curious fact, we must mention that the Tarsus vineyards were the pioneers in the planting of two-wire espalier; this system, soon imitated, makes possible the correct growth cycle and physiological development of the vines and a healthier and better progress of the fruit.
The land and the climate
The soil of this zone, comprised of sands and clays that are poor in iron and hardly fertile, has excellent characteristics for cultivating grapes, pursuing scarce productions of great quality. The Tarsus vineyards are planted on gently sloping terrain that permits optimal draining, facilitating the vines' vegetative development; abundant sunlight and a good orientation –far from the humidity and fog of the Duero River– avoiding problems with maturation. The region's rainfall –extreme continental climate– has average annual precipitations that range between 450–500 mm, overly impacting the wines' average acidity and high richness in sugar.
Two great wines
“With Quinta de Tarsus we try to obtain a crianza that is easily accessible for everyone; it's a wine in which the fruit is very present; we want it to alive in all of its phases to maintain its freshness, while also adding complexity with a clean, elegant and subtle wood.” This is the definition of Teresa Rodríguez of Quinta de Tarsus, after a 20-day maceration at a temperature between 22-26º, is aged during 12 months in French and American oak barrels. One year bottled gives it the necessary roundness to be marketed, fresh and fruity in the mouth and with an excellent balance and expressiveness.
Tarsus reserva, the cellar's flagship, is produced with grapes from the three best plots of the Navamayor estate, where the cellar's oldest vineyards are located. “In elaborating Tarsus, we seek to create a wine of great complexity and richness, with its own personality, that offers new nuances during tastings.” After 16 months of ageing in barrel, it becomes refined bottled during a year and a half, resulting in an elegant and deep red wine. Both wines, in their different styles, represent the Tarsus philosophy; the vineyards, the soil and the manual labor are the conditioning factors of each harvest.
Article originally published on Club de Gourmets Magazine