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Founded by Juan Pablo Peñalba – elder brother of Ricardo (Finca Torremilanos) in 1999, in partnership with Victor Garretas, whose family have been growing vines in Toro for 200 years. Their small estate consists of 15 hectares in and around Venialbo in the south west of Zamora Province.
Phylloxera never took hold here, as the soils are strewn with boulders, its sandy, dry and barren. Yields are low, the vines are ungrafted and varying in age between 40 and 100. The climate is harsh and with extreme differences in temperature - 40°C on summer days but with cold, frosty winters and minimal rainfall, most of which comes in the Spring. The duo do not irrigate their vines and so only 70% of their new plantings survive.
Farming is done biodynamically. The grapes are hand-picked at dawn; and fermentation is in small concrete tanks, plot by plot, relying purely on the fruit’s natural, wild yeasts. The oak ageing process is undertaken in new barricas that are made on site.
Puertas Novas is dark and snappy, it's easy drinking, full of red and black plum fruit and balanced oak.