New Finca Martelo 2014: #Martelism is here to stay
We’ve had to wait for it, but the new Martelo 2014 has arrived. And it’s unanimous: #martelism is here to stay.
The experts agree, Martelo 2014 is excellent. That’s the only way to explain their ratings: 94 Parker Points, 94 points from Tim Atkin (“A very impressive Rioja. Bravo!”), 97 points from the Proensa Guide (wow!) and 93 points from the Peñín Guide.
More than enough of an endorsement to be sure that we’ll carry on enjoying #martelism for a long time to come.
The second “Martelo harvest” in history
A Martelo harvest is one that meets the requirements that Torre de Oña’s oenologist considers essential to make a great wine. And that was what happened in 2014. Thanks to the climate and our winegrowers’ nurturing touch, this harvest fulfilled all the expectations of a great vintage. Green pruning, cluster thinning, a lot of care and the second “Martelo harvest” in history became a reality.
Since then, oenologist Julio Sáenz has put all his efforts into producing the best possible wine. The process starts with incubation and maceration, before the 96 days of fermentation (with weekly bâtonnage) and a 24-month ageing period, in which the Martelo rests in barrels made of American and French oak.
The result is a wine characterized by its intense ruby-red colour; its nose has red-berry hints of raspberry, cherry and redcurrant, which envelop the balsamic and spicy notes that come from the ageing process. But the best comes when the wine enters the mouth, where its freshness, balance, and gentle acidity with unctuous, silky tannins spread over the taste buds, leaving a long and balanced aftertaste.
As well as the iconic six-bottle case (6 x 75 cl) which we gave a makeover in the last Inspiring Day, Martelo 2014 is available in a new wooden case with two bottles (each 75 cl), a single carry box and a new 150 cl magnum format.