Tumba del Rey Moro is a single vineyard with an impossibly Quixotic backstory. Dani and Fernando discovered the abandoned old plot while trekking in the mountains along overgrown forest paths and listening to the stories of old, retired men of the village.
When they found the vineyard – on an imposing slope at over 1,100 metres altitude near Villanueva – it was almost unrecognisable from the surrounding forest. It took them eight years to restore the old terraced bush vines and Tumba del Rey Moro was first released as a single vineyard in 2012.
The following year, the wine was the highest ranked in Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages review of the region. By its third vintage, it had become a highly sought-after, cult wine.
Compared to its single vineyard stable mates, Tumba del Rey Moro displays more power, texture and depth than Las Umbrias, and while its intense acid and tannin line are every bit as powerful as Rumbo al Norte, it has a little more raspberry, red liquorice and plum to add flesh to its considerable texture.