LA RIOJA ALTA Finca Martelo 2x75 in woodbox
94+ points “The wine shows a nice combination of power and elegance. It's clean and modern but with a traditional twist.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
94 points “This is the third vintage of Finca Martelo made with grapes from the highest part of the farm in Páganos. Marrying Tempranillo with 6% Mazuelo Garnacha and Viura all of them picked at the same time it's a fresh floral focused wine from a hot vintage with fine oak chalky freshness and layered rose petal and red berry flavours.” – Tim Atkin MW
A wonderful gift for the red wine drinker offering one bottle to enjoy now and one to save to see how it develops. Our wine buyer has described the Torre de Oña Martelo Rioja Reserva as: “A gorgeous bush vine Rioja to share with friends over dinner. Lush textured full of finesse and wonderfully modern.”
2015 was only the third vintage of Martelo Reserva – a modern Rioja that is only been made in exceptional years. The score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has gone up with each new release and this is their highest rated yet. Crafted from predominantly Tempranillo picked from 60-year-old vines plus a field blend of Mazuelo Garnacha and Viura. The grapes were chosen from exquisite plots in the Martelo Camino de la Iglesia Altos de Vallecilla and Las Cuevas estates. The wine was matured in a blend of American and French oak for 24 months resulting in a savoury Rioja with a rich depth and an almost Burgundian class to it. La Rioja Alta tend to choose the bottle shape to let you know whether the wine is more influenced by Burgundy or Bordeaux and that curved bottle tells you all you need to know. Sometimes modern Riojas can feel overblown with too much sweet New World- style fruit but this is far more refined and elegant. Dense and sleek black fruit well-integrated oak concentrated cherry spice vanilla and then at the end the gentlest notes of tar grilled meat and balsamic. There’s a succulence to the finish that has you reaching for another sip almost immediately. Serve with good company and maybe roasts game sausage stews or grilled aubergine.
Formed in 1890 by three families – the Ardanzas the Aranas and the Alberdis – La Rioja Alta sets the benchmark for the entire Rioja region. They're famed for their classic Spanish reds which are aged for an inordinately long time in American oak barrels lovingly made by their own cooper. This wonderfully traditional producer still carries out its racking (the process of moving wine between barrels to remove the sediment) by hand and candlelight the old-school way making them a go-to for all connoisseurs of Rioja.
SKU No.: 3732840
Style No.: 884721
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.5%