We visited the Tomas Postigo estate in Ribera Del Duero. They produce a very high quality Tinta de Fina wine, blended with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. They are trying to purchase land to plant more Malbec as it is currently quite scarce.
The attention to detail is incredible. Pictures are of the tanks, the press and tasting barrel samples.
Tomas Postigo buy fruit from 85 different growers, they pay three times the going rate to ensure they get the best fruit. They are the last to harvest in the area to endure full ripeness. They use about 15 different coopers, they put the different grapes in the oaks most suited to each grape. The wines are also blended in barrel, then all the component parts are blended to Kaye the final wine, very complex.
The current vintage, big, but fresh and elegant. 2015 appears to have firm structure across the board, the 2016 wines are a looking more fruit driven.
They make a small amount of Verdejo from very high vineyards in south east Rueda. This is the first bottle to leave the vineyard.