I fell in love with this wine... Maybe it was because of the two Italian gentlemen who talked to me about it, or maybe it was the delicious food at Ciak... I guess it was a combination.
Maramia 2012 is magical. With 100% Sangiovese, its colour is balancing between ruby and garnet with a medium intensity. The aromas are vibrant and lively: Complexity of floral aromas (violet) and red fruits (mostly red cherry, kirsch and strawberry) mixed with some spices (cloves and white pepper) and a touch of tobacco leaves and cedar box... I kid you not, I could go on... The palate is extremely smooth with fully integrated silky tannins, medium acidity, mouth coating without being full body. Completely approachable now, easy and yet complex, with darker fruits on the palate (black cherries, olives) with a touch of dark chocolate and balsamic vinegar. Intense and yet, easy peasy...
The best news is that this wine is completely biodynamic. Tenuta Mara is just another proof that biodynamie is the only way forward. How not to be convinced when you try such a wine: it is not only great but also respects nature and soil. The history behind Tenuta Mara is actually quite interesting: family business, quite successful in bakery stuff, decided 14 years ago to buy a vineyard and make wine: so far nothing exciting... More interesting is that, from the beginning, they wanted to follow the biodynamic route and had to wait five years before the soil was ready. Then, they used some of the best soil experts, oenologists and sommeliers to help them in the vineyard and winery. Now they are even playing music to the vines. So when you try the wine, there is only one word that comes to mind: respect !
So yes, I am hooked to Maramia, and it is no wonder that Umberto Bombana, from Otto e Mezzo, has chosen to be the ambassador of the wine in Hong Kong... To think that they are only presenting their second vintage is quite something... What are they going to produce in 3, 5 or 10 years? Personally, I cannot wait.