Awarded 90 points by Robert Parker in 2017.
What this wine does: the Mácula is the flagship and pinnacle of Tandem's three reds - a powerful, concentrated, masculine wine of great length. Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 50%.
Tandem is the brainchild of José Maria Fraile and Alicia Eyaralar, two of the leading lights in the Navarra winemaking scene. Committed to making the best wines in the region with minimal intervention in the vineyards and winery, Tandem is cited by critics as ‘cutting edge’ Navarra. The grapes are cultivated in the heart of the Yerri Valley, which is recognised as the best area for quality wine in the region. Respect for nature is an obsession - they follow the precepts of sustainable viticulture, while maintaining the vineyard’s health and viability. In the winery, a minimum intervention approach is also taken to ensure the grapes reflect their true character and terroir.
Tandem's vineyard philosophy is based around sustainable farming and using minimal intervention, while maintaining the vineyard’s health and viability. The natural conditions of the valley ensure that pesticide treatments can be kept to a minimum and take the form of sulphur and copper, avoiding products made from synthetic chemicals. The vines are dry-farmed and undergo a green harvest, in order to obtain lower yields and a key factor in achieving a greater concentration in the berries. The vines are trained using the Guyot method and are grown in clay loam soils. Harvesting is carried out at the moment of optimal ripeness and takes place during the coolest hours of the day, so the grapes retain their freshness.
Fermentation took place at controlled temperatures of between 30 to 31°C. The cap was plunged but no pumps were used during the process. The wine underwent a malolactic fermentation in concrete vats where it was naturally fined. The wine was then matured for 24 months in concrete vats and 18 months in French 300 litres oak casks.
Complex aromas of smoky, toasty hints lead to a vibrant palate of chocolate, cassis and balsamic notes. Truly expressive of the soils of the Yerri valley.
The Mácula is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.