Martúe is one of the most exciting wineries to have emerged from the up-and-coming wine region of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain, producing high-quality wines at accessible prices for everyday drinking. Martúe was the dream of Fausto Gonzalez, who planted vines in 1990 near La Guardia de Toledo, just southeast of the city of Toledo. In 2009 the estate earned the prestigious and rare designation of DO Pago Campo de La Guardia due to its location in a special enclave with complex soils at 850m elevation at the convergence of two tectonic plates near the Tagus river in central Spain.
Martúe is a blend of estate-grown grapes, including syrah, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, malbec, and merlot. Farming is sustainable, and the wines are made without any additions. Alcoholic fermentations are spontaneous with indigenous yeasts. The goal is to make wines with maximum character. All of the different grape varieties are handled separately, and great care is taken at harvest to pick each grape variety within its optimal maturation window with balance in mind. When the time is right for each variety, they are harvested at night as quickly as possible. As all of the vineyards closely surround the winery, the grapes are crushed and begin fermentation immediately. This process is a testament to the great care taken by the team and the results are felt in the quality of the finished wines, which are fresh, balanced, and delicious.
Vinification – Each of the different grape varieties is harvested separately at night and as quickly as possible. Spontaneous alcoholic fermentation occurs with native yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Each grape variety carries out natural malolactic fermentation in separate stainless steel tanks. Once the wines have completed malolactic fermentation, the wine is blended and goes into 50% new, and 50% used French barrels (1-3 years old) from different cooperages for ten months. Fined with bentonite before bottling.