Las Moradas de San Martin Initio 2008
Las Moradas de San Martín winery began in 1999 on the Madrid side of the Gredos range of hills, recovering the ancient Garnacha vineyards that have been cultivated since the 12th century in the municipality of San Martín de Valdeiglesias and a native Madrid grape, Albillo Real. Pago de los Castillejos is where the Madrid region meets the northern part of Toledo and the southern part of Ávila on the edge of the Gredos range. Its climate and special soils make it possible to make wines with plenty of personality and quality. A commitment to the future of people and this land.
Their wines are produced in the traditional way, maintaining respect for grapes at all stages. They work with low yield per hectare, seeking a balance between the vines and maximum respect for their Garnacha and Albillo grapes through pruning. 100% of the grape harvest is manual, without breaking the grapes or oxidising the must, without damaging the Garnacha vines and with a greater degree of selection. This ensures the wines are of the highest quality: sober, elegant and capable of capturing the soul of Garnacha in this land.
Spanish red wine is known for being bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy, Spain is truly a one-of-a-kind wine-producing nation. A great majority of the country is hot, arid and drought-ridden, and since irrigation has only been recently introduced and (controversially) accepted, viticulture has sustained—and flourished—only through a great understanding of Spain’s particular conditions. Large spacing between vines allows each enough resources to survive and as a result, the country has the most acreage under vine compared to any other country, but is usually third in production.
Of the Spanish red wines, the most planted and respected grape variety is Tempranillo, the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Priorat specializes in bold red blends, Jumilla has gained global recognition for its single varietal Monastrell and Utiel-Requena has garnered recent attention for its reds made of Bobal.