El Marciano Garnacha 2016 Alfredo Maestro Tejero

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Alfredo Maestro Tejero‘s vineyards are located within the Ribera del Duero D.O., but Alfredo prefers not to participate in the D.O., so the wines are Vino de la Tierra de Castillo y León. His are completely natural wines, with no sulphur added in the vineyard or the winery. All vineyard treatments are natural, and many of them follow biodynamic practices. The isolated Gredos mountain range lays 70 kilometres west of Madrid and is home to a mosaic of tiny old-vine vineyards planted mainly to Grenache. El Marciano comes from one such 70 year old granitic site lying at a staggering 1,150 metres elevation.  The label is a representation of the remote and barren, granite-ridden landscape that make up this wine's terroir. It depicts Alfredo directing his two green vineyard workers who clearly aren't up to scratch, perhaps not surprising given the harshness of the environment. (El Marciano is the Martian.)  The grapes are mainly destemmed, 20% whole bunches are retained and fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel vats.  No filtration, no fining, no added sulphur. This gorgeous wine typifies Alfredo‘s delicate touch and respect for his land. It's juicy and flavoursome, laden with spicy blackberry aromas before a raspberry liquorice and fresh earth scented palate. Try with ham.

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 23 August, 2014.

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