Bodegas Marañones - Treintamil Maravedies, Sierra de Gredos, Spain (2019)
30000 Maravedíes is a red wine from just west of Madrid in the Sierra de Gredos mountains. Aromas of nuts, dried herbs and wilted flowers. On the palate, it is very fresh, tasty and structured, with hints of ripe fruit, balsamic and spices.
Predominantly Garnacha with a number of local varieties comprising the final 10%. From vineyards between 650 and 850 meters with weathered granitic soils and a sandy texture. Organic, old vines of 30 to 70 years old.
Fermentation in 3000 and 4500 liters wooden vats, using native yeast and aged 8 months on its lees in used and new French oak barrels (300 to 500 liters) + 2 months in wooden vats (4500 liters).
While not an official DO, the Sierra de Gredos is gaining a lot of attention for its mountains and high plateaux. Despite its proximity to the heat of Madrid the Sierra de Gredos is quite alpine along with weathered slate, granite, and schist soils.
Bodega Marañones is located in the DO of Viños de Madrid in the sub-zone of San Martín de Valdeiglesias, where the Sierra de Gredos meets the Sierra de Guadarrama. Their vineyards stretch from the steep hillsides at the base of the mountains down to gentler slopes near the valley floor – providing them with various terroirs that capture a more Mediterranean expression of the Gredos.
Helmed by Fernando Garcia, who, together with Dani Landi, are the creative minds behind Comando G, Bodega Marañones is farmed organically and manually with the assistance of mules due to the steep slopes of their vineyards. The work in the vineyards focuses on prolonging the vegetative cycle to balance ripeness with acidity and tannin. The yields are low from 20-30 hl/ha for the Garnacha and 10-20 hl/ha for the Albillo. Due to the dry climate, there are seldom any problems with pests or disease. Fernando’s largest hurdle is ironically what makes the property so unique – the elevation and the proximity to the mountains, making these sites vulnerable to late spring frosts. This is most apparent with Albillo, an early budding variety, but it can impact Garnacha. Some single vineyard wines are sacrificed in some vintages to preserve the quality of their two village wines: 30,000 Maravedíes and Picarana.
Fernando tends four different terroirs: Marañones, Andrinoso, Peña Cruzada, and Dehesa. Marañones, adjacent to the cellars, is a north-facing slope of sandy granite soils with patches of gneiss and schist. Andrinoso is their highest elevation site, a high plateau of granitic sand at 850 meters above sea level where they grow some of the Garnacha that goes into 30,000 Maravedies.