Armit Wines has released a new wine from Torre de Ona in Rioja Alavesa, part of the La Rioja SA stable.

Martelo, which is a Single Vineyard Reserva, has been produced using grapes from 60 year-old vines from the vineyard sites that are considered to be the best on the property.

The 2012 is 95% Tempranillo and a 5% blend of Mazuelo, Granacha and Viura. The wine spent 24 months in oak, 80% of which was American and 20% French.

Julio Saenz, winemaker at La Rioja Alta SA, said: “Martelo is the result of 20 years work in the vineyards at Torre de Ona. We carried out detailed soil studies and intensive research in our experiment hall and we are very proud of our first release. The 2012 meets all of my criteria for Martelo – it was a fresh vintage with pleasant tannins and long, unhurried and balanced ripening. I personally selected each vineyard plot to go into the wine, which we bottled after extensive ageing in March last year. We are really excited to release this onto the market and look forward to receiving the feedback of our customers.”

James Snoxell, head of buying at Armit Wines, said: “Working with the full portfolio from La Rioja Alta SA, we were all very excited to taste this new wine at Armit. Martelo clearly demonstrates the expertise and competence of the whole team at the winery and the extensive knowledge they have of such a unique and special terroir. A breath of fresh air in every way, we are very happy with this addition to the Torre de Ona range.”

Martelo will sit at the top of the La Rioja Alta, Alavesa range, alongside Torre de Ona Reserva and Finca San Martin Crianza.

Martelo 2012 is available now in the UK from Armit Wines at £35 a bottle.