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Brand new Spanish red wine from the team at La Rioja Alta, the Terre de Ona 2012 Martelo Reserva.
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Dear Client,

A brand new wine from one of my favourite Spanish producers, La Rioja Alta Wines offer excellent quality/value ratios and are lauded by critics for their fabulous range and consistency.
The 2012 Vintage was officially declared by the Rioja Control Board as - Very Good.

Martelo Reserva is from a single 2 hectare plot at their Torre de Ona estate in Rioja Alavesa from 100 year old vines.
La Rioja Alta have dedicated a considerable amount of time and money into perfecting the wine and this is the first vintage of
Martelo that they have released. They have spent 20 years identifying the best parcel of the estate – this is a true labour of love.
We are pleased to offer a few cases from the UK agents which has recently been awarded 94 points by Tim Atkin and at the best price on the UK market.

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"Tasted on Tuesday, I was instantly struck by the freshness and balance with a big mouthful of ripe dark berries with a medium but refined finish. A departure from the more traditional Rioja styled wines from Haro but a very well made wine"
2012 Martelo Reserva

95% Tempranillo with small amounts (5%) of Mazuelo, Garnacha and Viura and spends 24 months in 80% American and 20% French oak barrels.
It represents a departure to a slightly more modern style for this bastion of traditional winemaking. The results are brilliant and they see this as being one of their prestige wines in years to come.
Winemaker's Notes
"Medium-high depth, dark-cherry red with an intense garnet-red rim. Clean and bright. Intense aromas, typical of this Rioja Alavesa terroir, with notes of ripe berries (blackberries, blueberries and raspberry jam) against a background of spices, clove, aniseed, incense, tobacco, and mocha. Mild attack with medium body and nice structure. It is well-balanced with sweet tannins. A wine that stands out for its broad and silky aftertaste, where notes of ripe fruit and sweet spices complement those from painstaking barrel ageing."
£ 162.00 per 6 Bottles (IB)

£ 34.99 bottle price
(inc Duty & VAT)

Tim Atkin - 94 pts

"The vines in this small two-hectare plot, made as a separate wine for the first time in 2012, are all over 100 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. 2018-30
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James Suckling 93 pts

"Pure fruit to this with balance and finesse. Full to medium body, firm and polished tannins. Shows purity. Drink now."
Martelo Reserva 2012

Additional Wine Data
La Rioja Alta

On July 10,1890, five Basque and Rioja-based vine growers created "Sociedad Vinicola De La Rioja Alta" in what is known as the Haro Station District. This was the beginning of a fascinating business venture in which the only dream of the five founders was to craft and age high quality wines. 
In 1941 the company took on its present name, LA RIOJA ALTA, S.A. A year later, when Leandro Ardanza Angulo was chairman of the board, we registered the brand name to which we most owe our fame and renown: "Viña Ardanza". At the time, casks were manufactured entirely in the winery by a team of five coopers. In 2002, we returned to this tradition and now manufacture our own casks with wood imported from the U.S. and dried for 2 years in our coopery. In 1970, a new cask hall was built and we started to increase our vineyards, buying several estates. This was the time when new brands were introduced, such as Viña Arana and Viña Alberdi. This was when the Club de Cosecheros was created, a new and daring way of conceiving the relationship between our clients and the winery. The Harvesters’ Club was created and continues to grow based on one thing: trust. In 1985, we registered a brand name which was to become very popular in the future: "Marqués de Haro". At the same time, we stopped making the last young wines supplied by the winery, searching for a white wine with a great personality and different than other Spanish wines.