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Flor de Vetus 2017

Flor de Vetus



/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%
Production116,758 bottles

The wine

Flor de Vetus is a Toro wine with a focus first and foremost on fruit, accompanied by a wide range of subtle ageing notes thanks to extremely careful work with wood in the winery. A modern wine, it is friendly and pleasant, ready to be enjoyed immediately. Just like the other wines from this winery and the Grupo Artevino wine group, it offers a good structure, balance and complexity.

It is created from Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) grapes planted around 1990 in a 20-hectare plot of marl and clay soils. The goblet-shaped bush vines growing at altitudes of 700 meters suffer to survive in a tough climate, but give a truly sublime fruit. The very low amount of rainfall, hours of intense sunlight, and large day-night temperature differences ensure the grapes are aromatic jewels.

The grape harvest is usually collected by hand in the first week of October to ensure the fruit reaches the winery in the best possible conditions. A careful production process creates a fresh and pleasant wine which gives a different outlook on the typicity of Tinta de Toro. It has an intense cherry-red colour with a violet rim and offers a medium-high aromatic intensity in the nose, combining ripe red and black fruits and hints of liquorice, spices, and a light touch of coffee-flavoured toffee. Both powerful and fresh in the mouth, Flor de Vetus is a well-structured and perfectly balanced wine combining a fruity character with gentle toasted aromas. Fresh undergrowth and pepper appear as the wine becomes both refreshing and moreish on drinking. A clear and pleasant finish with a discrete hint of liquorice in each sip.

What does this wine taste like?

Cherry red / Violet rim
Very aromatic / Ripe black fruit / Ripe red fruit / Liquorice / Spices
Powerful / Fresh / Rich

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 17ºC

Food pairing

Red meats, Roasts, Meat casseroles, Pasta dishes, Stews

Ratings and awards

201891 PK92 PN93 SK
201790 PK91 PN
201690 PK92 PN90 SK
201591 PN
201491 PN92 SK
201315.5 JR91 PN
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

The entry-level red 2017 Flor de Vetus comes from the vines around the winery, mostly Tempranillo with a little Garnacha. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in oak barrels for nine months. It's easy to see the more rustic and earthier character of Toro if tasted next to their wines from Ribera del Duero (Finca Villacreces). The fruit is darker and there is more tannin, but there is good freshness and balance too, and it finishes very tasty, with an almost salty twist. I'd say this is a triumph over the conditions of the year, even if it was not as challenging in Toro as it was in Ribera. 116,758 bottles and 100 magnums. It was bottled in March 2019.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/12/2019)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2017 - 90 PARKER

Tinta de Toro planted in clay soils yielding 4,000 kg/ha. Punching down during fermentation and nine months' ageing in French and American oak. It has a characterful nose, not refined but full of ripe black fruit, prunes and cinnamon. It is broad and dense, a bit austere on the palate, packed full of rough tannins. It is very characterful for a €10 wine. The wine is a regular in the lists of the best quality/price ratio wines in Spain despite the fact that the winery was just created in 2003.

— Ferran Centelles (06/06/2016)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2013 - 15.5 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

40 reviews

Wine making

Vinification materialStainless steel
Ageing period9 months
Barrel ageNew and sused
Type of woodAmerican and french oak


Vine age30 years
SoilClay loam

The winery

Bodegas Vetus

Bodegas Vetus

With Vetus in DO Toro, the Antón family have now added a third emblematic winemaking region to their group of wineries. As well as Rioja Alavesa (Bodegas Izadi and Bodegas Orben) and Ribera del Duero (Finca Villacreces) they now produce wine in 10 hectares of old limited-production vines in Toro, praised as "the promised land of Spanish wines" by Robert Parker. Bodegas Vetus has worked hard to produce wines with the essence of Toro ever...