Marques de Murrieta Reserva, Rioja DOCa
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Established in 1852, Murrieta is one of the oldest and most respected
bodegas in Rioja Alta. Their wines are concentrated and long-lived and
some, like “Castillo Ygay”, have become legendary amongst wine-lovers.
Marqués de Murrieta has not stood back and stagnated however; their 300
hectare estate produces Dalmau – a blend which represents an avant-garde
expression of their terroir.
Within the 300 hectare Ygay estate, surrounding the
winery in the southern point of Rioja Alta wine area. There is an
altitude difference of 165 metres between the lowest point at 320 metres
and the highest peak at 485 metres.
Grapes are first de-stemmed and then fermented in
temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks for 8 days, with constant
skin contact. During fermentation wine is both pumped over the cap of
grape skins at the top of the tank (remontage), and also the cap is
pressed into the fermenting wine (pigeage). Both these processes ensure a
perfect colour and aroma extraction, without producing excessive
tannin. Afterwards the solid parts of the grapes are pressed in vertical
presses with double screws. This is a smooth and slow treatment that
favours the extraction of the colour and tannins that reside in the skin
of the grapes.
Hand harvested between the 13th to 29th of September.
Intense cherry red in colour with aromas of red
berries, ripe plum, licorice, chopped nuts and balsamic. On the palate
the wine is silky and balanced with rounded tannins and fresh acidity.
The finish is long and mineral with a hint of sweet spice.
The Spanish love their lamb, beef and - obviously - jamón! This is the perfect partner.
||Marques de Murrieta|
||Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, Graciano|
||13. Earthy savoury reds|
||All kind of red meats, bellota ham, grilled fish and dishes with rich sauces|