Mauro is a balanced, structured wine full of ripe red fruit. Predominantly Tempranillo, the addition of 4% Syrah brings an idiosyncratic layer of spice. Fruit is sourced from the estate’s Tudela del Duero and Traspinedo vineyards where 20 to 25-year-old vines are farmed without the use of herbicides or pesticides.
In 2015, Mauro’s vineyards toed the line between low rainfall and intermittent drought. Limited water availability combined with high, volatile temperature swings through the summer contributed to a crop of intense, small berries. It was an interesting vintage, producing wines to watch.
Fruit was harvested and collected in small boxes to avoid crushing the berries. Upon arrival at the winery, it was meticulously sorted by hand and moved by gravity to ferment by vineyard plot. The winery encourages gentle handling and avoids the use of pumps at every stage. Fermentation by native yeast, followed by extended maceration on the skins, lasted two to three weeks. The wine was bottled following 15 months in new and old French and American oak.
The flavour profile is pure Mauro: clean, ripe, and expressive fruit with an opulent mouth feel. The palate is dense and tannins are elegant, with no hard edges.
“A plush red, with an iron backbone. Ripe plum and currant flavours mingle with toasty and espresso notes, backed by well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Has good density and balance, in the modern style. Tempranillo with Syrah. Drink now through 2025. 25,000 cases made.”
93 points, Wine Spectator, April 2018
“Enormous mulberry nose and massive dry tannins, but they aren’t aggressive or edgy, and this wine should age nicely. Excellent example from the region. Best from 2018.”
91 points, JamesSuckling.com, July 2017