Martelo es un vino que nació con el objetivo de extraer la esencia del terruño de la Rioja Alavesa. Solo se elabora en aquellas añadas que cumplen los parámetros más exigentes del enólogo de Torre de Oña y de su matriz La Rioja Alta S.A., Julio Sáenz: cosechas frescas, con taninos amables y maduraciones largas, pausadas y equilibradas. Es el propio enólogo el que realiza la selección personal de las parcelas que forman parte de este vino en el que intervienen variedades como la Tempranillo, la Mazuelo, la Garnacha e incluso la blanca Viura en pequeñas proporciones.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
The 2014 Martelo is produced with the grapes from their oldest vines, mostly Tempranillo, put through a cold soak after alcoholic fermentation then in barrique for a slow malolactic fermentation of 96 days. This was followed by an élevage in 80% American and 20% French oak barrels for two years, during which time it was racked four times. It has incredible aromatics with surprising notes of beef blood, iron and meat with tons of fruit, as Martelo is the vineyard where they find more fruit. This is a very elegant, aromatic and fine Rioja (they decided to bottle it in a Burgundy bottle) and it's not a coincidence, because that is what they are looking for. The palate follows the same path of finesse, balance and freshness. A very impressive Rioja. Bravo! 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2017. It will be released in mid-2018. - Luis Gutiérrez.
Plenty of cedar, dark-chocolate and coffee character, but the dried strawberry and cherry character shows through. The tannins are quite pointed but soft and silky, just as the red fruit is quite elegant. A very interesting mix of Riojan craftsmanship and Burgundy style. Drink now.
The vines in this small two-hectare plot on very poor soils, made as a separate wine for the first time in 2012, are all over 80 years' old. The result is a wine with impressive focus and concentration, dense black fruits, refreshing acidity and the texture to integrate the 100% new French oak. 2022-32.