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.