Rioja Alta adds Martelo to range

Drinks: Wines
Location: Spain

La Rioja Alta, one of Rioja’s most respected wineries, has launched a new top-end wine from its Torre de Oña estate.

Martelo is a single vineyard ‘reserva’ wine from the region’s coolest, highest sub-region, Rioja Alavesa. It is dominated (95%) by Tempranillo, with the remaining 5% is a field blend of Mazuelo, Garnacha and (white) Viura.

The wine – at £35 a bottle – is positioned at a similar level to the same winery’s Torre de Oña Reserva and the Finca San Martin, though the amount of time the Martelo spends in oak (24 months) and the percentage of American oak barrels used (80%) is higher than both.

Julio Sáenz, winemaker for La Rioja Alta said, ‘The 2012 meets all of my criteria for Martelo – it was a fresh vintage with pleasant tannins and long, unhurried and balanced ripening. We are really excited to release this onto the market and look forward to receiving the feedback of our customers.’

La Rioja Alta’s wines are available in the UK through Armit Wines.

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Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

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