Alfredo Maestro started making wine in the late 1990's when he planted his first vineyard, Almate, on the Rio Duraton near his native town of Peñafiel in the Ribera del Duero, and from the beginning set out to farm organically. Since 2003 his wines have contained no additives at all, including sulphur. Over the past few years, he has been searching out abandoned or neglected vineyards around the Ribera del Duero and Madrid to convert to organic farming and gradually has increased his holdings to 9 hectares. Known as the 'Magician of the Duero', he has emerged as one of the most lauded and dynamic natural winemakers in Spain. 75% of this particular cuvee comes from 80 year old Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) vines from the Valtiendas area, just south of the Ribera del Duero. The remaining 25% is from young Tinto Fino vines planted on sand and clay on the River Duraton. Fermented with wild yeasts and aged for 4 months in used French oak, only 10,000 bottles were produced.
A medium garnet in colour with shades of violet. On the nose, notes of redcurrant, blueberry and plum with traces of ripe peach and vanilla. On the palate, creamy and smooth in texture with further red and black fruit notes. Medium bodied with sweet tannins, this is a well structured wine showing great ageing potential. Great with a salad of ham, pears and Manchego cheese, braised ribs with confit potatoes and crispy leeks or Chilindron stew of venison, roasted red peppers, paprika and pancetta.