Red wine Crianza. 16 months in French and American oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Mauro. Production area: VT Castilla-León. Grapes used in this wine: Syrah and Tempranillo.
Red wine Crianza. 16 months in French and American oak barrels. Volume: Magnum Winery: Mauro. Production area: VT Castilla-León. Grapes used in this wine: Syrah and Tempranillo.
Red wine Reserva. 32 months in French and American oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Mauro. Production area: VT Castilla-León. Grapes used in this wine: Tempranillo.
Red wine Reserva. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Mauro. Production area: VT Castilla-León. Grapes used in this wine: Tempranillo.
White wine Barrel. 8 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Mauro. Production area: VT Castilla-León. Grapes used in this wine: Godello.
D.O.: VT Castilla-León
Bodegas Mauro was born in 1980 in Tudela de Duero, very close to Valladolid, but it was left outside the production zone that the founding regulations of the DO Ribera del Duero established in 1982.For this reason, it had to position itself in the market as Wine from the Land of Castilla and Leon (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León).
Not only do the strict laws of any DO winery establish that the winery and the vineyards must be within its geographical frame, as it is the case of Bodegas Mauro, but it also regulates, among many other things, the specific winemaking processes to the minimum details, the obligatory registration of the vineyards, the maximum yields per hectare, the maximum or minimum alcoholic strength of the wine, the minimum ageing times per category, as if this were the panacea of quality, and the use of certain recovered varieties and other foreign ones when, in many cases, their results are shown to be excellent.
In spite of all this, both the wines catalogued as Wines of the Land (Vinos de la Tierra) or the Quality Wines with Geographical Indication (Vinos de Calidad de Indicación Geográfica), have a fundamental role in the oenological development in Spain, and have always been an aid to guarantee certain levels of quality, in addition to a protection against the falsification of wines and their possible alterations.
But it is also true that today, the laws of some DO's need a redefinition and adaptation more in line with modern times, especially when some winemakers in our country face the need to conquer new international markets and at the same time, to satisfy new trends, fashions and tastes in wine consumption.
History of the winery
The original winery was founded in 1980, along with 4 hectares of old vineyards in Tudela del Duero, in a refurbished manor house from the 17th century located in the town. It currently continues to function as an ageing warehouse, with 2,000 French and American oak barrels, and bottling facility, since the whole production processed moved in 2004 to modern and technological facilities located in the outskirts of the municipality.
Mariano García, who directed the winemaking process of Vega Sicilia during 30 harvests (1968-1997), was its creator and continues to be his alma mater, today with his sons Alberto and Eduardo. The former directs the commercial and management tasks, and the latter, manages the vineyard and the winemaking. The two also share the same tasks in the other winery in the DO Toro, Maurodos, in San Roman de Hornija.
But in addition to the stay in Vega Sicilia, Mariano García accumulates a long oenological experience, being the partner and founder of Aalto alongside Javier Zaccagnini, and adviser in the Masaveu, Enate or Astrales groups, where they produced from 2001 to 2012.
Over the years, they have acquired some vineyards and, at the end of the nineties, they began to complement the main grape variety, Tinta Fina, with Syrah and some Grenache in an experimental plan, giving the wines more complexity, fruitiness and tenderness in the right proportion. At present it has 70 hectares of vineyard, planted mainly with Tinto Fino and Syrah, located in the municipalities of Tuerela de Duero and Santibáñez de Valcorba.
Eduardo García, after several experiences outside of Spain with stays in Cos d'Estournel (Bordeaux) or Ridge Vineyards (California), joined the family business in 2001 and since then began the transformation of the vineyard to organic farming, which today is implemented in their own vines and in those of traditional suppliers (10-20% of the total) with whom they have had a relationship for over 15 years.
Another essential change in the last years is the reduction of the maceration times and the pump-overs, in order to moderate the extraction and maintain the fruit and acidity to the maximum extent. For Eduardo, the vine is essential, so when the blossoming is late, they help the plant ripen faster by removing lateral shoots ("desniete") or withdrawing secondary shoots.
In the winery they own a plant with around 2,000 barrels, but they did not start to introduce new oak until the 2006 harvest and now they only have 25%. In the same way, ageing times are also being reduced, especially in high-end wines such as Mauro VS and Terreus, but they only do this if they really make an improvement without limiting their ability to age.
Wines from Bodega Mauro
Most of the wine from Bodega Mauro is marketed under the label Mauro, the emblem of the winery, made with Tempranillo and a percentage of Syrah, with an ageing of 16 months in French and American oak barrels of different ages. It is a wine with fresh fruit, well delineated, with a firm structure of polished tannins and very well balanced.
Mauro VS (Selected Harvest) is its aged wine par excellence. It is born from a nine-hectare farm located in the municipality of Santibáñez de Valcorba called Carramontemayor, which is joined by the oldest vineyards located at a higher altitude in La Oliva, a fourteen-hectare vineyard facing north that continues through a high, clay-based and poor soil area of Tudela de Duero. It is produced since the 1994 harvest and its development in bottle and its ageing capacity is very remarkable. It is a wine that usually exceeds 30 months in barrels, something not too common in modern red wines of Duero, but of course, behind it is the vast experience of Marino Garcia in this matter. It is a noble and discreet red, with a lot of red fruit and a lovely floral fragrance; dense and full, with a tight tannin and extreme depth that impels an end of measured opulence.
Terreus is its highest range wine, which was first produced in the 1996 vintage. It comes from a single vineyard called Paraje de Cueva Baja, and is 100% Tempranillo of very limited production. It is made in extraordinary vintages. Here there is much more concentration and intensity than in the VS, but it does not give up the unctuous textures and the immersive features of the brand.
The most recent novelty has been the launching of a white Godello under the brand Mauro Godello, which is made with Bierzo grapes in Bodegas Mauro and is marketed as VT Castilla y León. This is one of the advantages of not belonging to a DO. In order to do so, and thanks to the friendly relationship between the family of Luna del Bierzo and the García, they have leased two plots of land that they have planted with clones of Godello brought from Valdeorras and that allow them to combine the slate soils of the vineyard Los Músicos with the stony character of El Rosal. They are both located in Villafranca del Bierzo, in an area where there are combinations of mountain formation soils (clay and slate decomposition) and of river formation soils (boulders), which already give enough character to the wine, in spite of the relative youth of the vines. A very exclusive wine. Only 1,200 bottles were produced from its first vintage in 2013. The wine goes through a pre-fermentation maceration of around12 hours and, after pressing and stacking, it is transferred to the winery Mauro in Tudela de Duero where it is fermented and aged on its lees in barrels for about nine months. It is a distinguished and mineral white, with white flowers, citrus and certain iodized features; fibrous, ample, with a crunchy texture and long-lasting, with class enough to age a few years.
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