60 year-old vines. 95% Tempranillo and 5% a traditional field blend of Mazuelo, Garnacha and Viura. 24 months in oak, 80% American and 20% French. Mid garnet. Correct, fully expressive savoury rioja with no excess oak and just starting to drink well. Gamey, but also fresh with good definition and structure. Very complete, Well done!
17 Points, Jancis Robinson MW
A good match between ripe black fruit and vanilla oak with gentle spiciness to finish. Medium body, soft tannin, moderate acid. Both traditional in oak usage, yet modern with the ripe, forward fruit. A good crowd pleaser.
16.5 Points, Richard Hemming MW
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%...
14% alcohol. Primarily Tempranillo with malolactic in barrel, where the wine stays for 2 years in a mix of French (20%) and American (80%) oak. Refined and supple, this is a wine that combines sweet berry and cherry fruits with some complex spice, earth and cedar notes, as well as a hint of tar. There’s a lovely concentration of fruit and just a twist of vanilla from the American oak, but this stays nicely in the background. This is a modern Rioja, but it’s not about bold, sweet fruit: instead, there’s a level of elegance and refinement here, and this wine will age into a beautiful mellow maturity over the course of the next decade. It has all the ingredients to become a polished, classic, mature Rioja.
94 Points, Jamie Goode
Full to medium body, and ultra-fine grained texture. Very long and spicy. Fresh undertone. This is the first release and shoes a new style from the owners of Rioja Alta. Real freshness.
93 Points, James Suckling
The new wine at Torre de Ona is the 2012 Martelo, mostly Tempranillo (but always with some Mazuelo, Garnacha and even Viura) from a single-vineyard slope containing the older vines of the estate, which names the wine. It fermented with natural yeasts and went through malolactic in new barrels, then it matured in used barriques (80% American) for 24 months. This was almost an experimental wine, with the elegant and balanced profile I see in the 2014s, with a little more ripeness and concentration, but nevertheless an impressive debut. The nose is changing, losing the primary character and developing further complexity. The tannins are fine, and the texture and mouthfeel are soft but with clout. 40,000 bottles were filled in March 2016. This new wine will only be produced in certain vintages, cooler years with gentle tannins that allow for long and balanced aging.
92 Points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate
The famous La Rioja Alta company has released a brand new product under its Torre de Oña brand and it is a thoroughly gorgeous wine. A single vineyard Reserva, made from 60-year-old vines, the 2012 vintage is a 95% tempranillo, 5% field blend of mazuelo, garnacha and viura, and it spends two years in 80% American and 20% French oak. The recipe makes sense and it also explains a lot about the lush, broad, sweeping black-fruit flavours and ultra-succulent back palate.
Bottle 75cl £17.60
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