Maestro Tejero 46 Cepas 2014

Size: 750

About This Wine

One of Alfredo Maestro Tejero's most intriguing cuvees is this 100 per cent Merlot drawn from a parcel of vines located in Bocos de Duero (Valladolid) on the River Duero, at almost 800 metres altitude. This isn't your average Merlot vineyard in Ribera. 46 Cepas means 46 vines, because when he started Alfredo planted a mixed vineyard with one line of Merlot that was 46 vines, so in 2009, there was only wine produced from those 46 vines. The wine hand harvested and fruit de-stemmed before natural fermentation in 1000-litre stainless steel tanks (with maceration of 10-15 days). The wine sees no oak during its elevage. The fresh-of-the-boat Cepas 46 is a vibrant, aromatic Merlot with the emphasis on generous, juicy fruit flavours of red cherry, plum and jalapeño nuances, rather than oak. It's elegant and poised with polished tannins, seamless integration between the nose and palate. Long and well balanced, the wine's vibrant acidity carries its 14% alcohol with effortless grace.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot
Country Spain
Region Ribera del Duero
Brand Bodegas Maestro Tejero
Vintage 2014

Wines of Spain

With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.

The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.

In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.

Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.

Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.

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