“The legendary Mariano García, winemaker of Vega Sicilia for three decades, founded Bodegas Mauro with his family in 1980. The winery is based in Tudela del Duero, an area just outside the boundaries of the Ribera del Duero DO. Terreus comes from old vines planted on clay in the Pago de Cueva Baja—the only single-vineyard wine in Mauro’s small portfolio. […] This is a new take on the area, far away from the excesses of the past.”
Wine & Spirits on Bodegas Mauro’s “Terreus”, June 2017
Terreus is a single-vineyard Tempranillo sourced from the estate’s Paraje de Cueva Baja plot. The parcel, one of Mauro’s highest, covers just three hectares of old vines planted on loose, deep, sandy clay. Veins of limestone run through soil, contributing mineral depth and verve to the wine. This is a wine of place with serious character.
In 2015, Mauro’s vineyards toed the line between low rainfall and intermittent drought. Limited water availability, combined with 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 by hand 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 spent 20 months in fine-grained French oak.
The 2015 vintage is a new release that has yet to be reviewed. The 2014 vintage received the following:
“There is no 2013, so we jumped to the single-vineyard red 2014 Terreus Pago de Cueva Baja. It is pure Tempranillo from a mixture of old and younger vines in the village of Tudela de Duero. 2014 is a very hedonistic, complete and elegant vintage of Terreus, bottled in September 2016 after some 20 months in barrel. It’s balanced and powerful, with sweet spices and a lactic touch. I think it has the ingredients and balance to age nicely in bottle and in a way it reminded me of the 1996. It has sweet tannins and a very pleasant mouthfeel, terribly balanced with the freshness of red fruit rather than black. 6,000 bottles produced. It was bottled a little earlier than in previous vintages and they also used less new oak, which to me translated into greater precision in the wine.”
96 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Feb 2017