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Muga Reserva 2014

Rött vin från Rioja Spanien

Distrikt Rioja
Druvor Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo, Tempranillo
Årgång 2014
Fyllighet 8
Fruktsyra 8
Strävhet 8
Tillverkare Bodegas Muga
Artikelnr Muga105
Lagerstatus
Leveranstid ca tre veckor direkt från producent
Tillbaka i lager:
Avnjutes mellan 2018 - 2022

Se specifikation and tasting notes

 

SOIL

Tertiary era chalky-clay terraces.

VINIFICATION

Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in oak vats. Aged for 24 months in casks made in our cooperage from selected oak. Prior to bottling the wine is finned with fresh egg white. Once bottled it is left to undergo a rounding process for twelve months in our cellar, as a minimum.

TASTING

Here we find a wine with medium-high depth of colour, black-cherry red with garnet hues. Dense legs which give us a wrapping sequence in the glass.
First, red-fruit notes such as blackberries appear, with reminders of fennel, scrubby heathland, all nicely balanced by the smoked aromas from the time spent in medium-toasted wood. Underlying hints of vanilla pod coming through with coffee notes.
Full mouth-feel with slightly mentholated nuances and white chocolate. The vanilla reappears and those red-berry fruit aromas we found on the nose persist, with an elegant acidity which makes the aftertaste long.
Food pairing:
This wine can be paired with veal, Iberian pork charcuterie and some types of casseroles (stew).

Per flaska Per låda
Pris
259kr
1552kr
(Antal flaskor / låda: 6)

Bodegas Muga vineyards are located on the foot of the Montes Obarenses, within the area called Rioja Alta. The site climate is exceptional due to, on the one hand, the singular geography and orientation of the vines and on the other hand, the surrounding climates –Mediterranean, Atlantic and Continental climates are combined harmoniously thus creating a suitable climatic for grape growing.

The soil in this area is mostly clay and limestone, divided into small terroirs with different physical and chemical qualities between them; thus each terroir has a unique and defined personality. This abundance of climatic influences and different soils define prolonged stages in the vine growth cycle. The growth will be complex and delicate, key to the potential quality of the wines in this area.

Bodegas Muga owns 620 acres of vineyards but it also has control over 370 acres owned by vine growers in the area. The grape varieties grown are Tempranillo (the essence), Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano for the red wines; and Viura and Malvasia are used for the white wines.

How do we produce our wines?

The first thing to do when grapes arrive in the winery is to assess their quality by analyzing important parameters, such as total acidity, colour, degree of alcohol and physical condition. According to these parameters grape will be classified into different quality groups, rejecting the fruit that does not reach the required levels for our wines. The grapes used for ARO, Torre Muga and Prado Enea are harvested in small boxes (20 kg capacity) so that they get to the winery in perfect condition. Then the grape bunches go through the selection tables, where those that do not fulfil the required quality are discarded. After that, the grape bunches go through the destemming process, where the stems are separated from the grape berries. Finally the grapes are put into the fermentation vessels.

Fermentation is a natural process of slowly converting the sugar contained in the fruit to ethanol. Contact between the juice and the skin is essential for both colour extraction and aroma. Bodegas Muga has four fermentation rooms containing 90 wooden casks –their capacities ranging from three thousand to fifteen thousand kilos. Thanks to this broad range, Bodegas Muga can make different wines depending on the fruit quality and the vineyards they come from.

Following traditional methods, Bodegas Muga uses oak throughout all the wine-making process (fermentation, ageing and store). As a matter of fact, Bodegas Muga is one of the very few Spanish wineries that employ three coopers plus a "cubero" (who specializes in the big casks). They are in charge of working with the oak wood that will finally give that unique and personal touch to our wines.

Once the alcoholic fermentation takes place, wine will naturally carry out the secondary fermentation, also called malolactic fermentation. Later on, wines start their ageing, in a large wooden container, which can last from 24 to 36 months, depending on the wine category. Every four months wine has to be moved from the barrels where it has been sitting to new empty barrels. This is called trasiega (racking) and helps clear the wine from the settled sediment or lees that have precipitated during the ageing process. Racking also provides aeration.

Once the red wine is aged but before it is bottled, fining (clarification) is done in Bodegas Muga. The method used is traditional --using egg whites. Two to three egg whites are enough for 100 liters of red wine. The egg whites drag any remaining sediments and absorb harsh and bitter tannins leaving behind the softer tannins. Fining is done in oak containers with capacity for 17,500 liters. Once the process of fining is done, the wine is extracted from the container and bottled. The egg whites together with the lees at the bottom of the container will be used to produce balanced, high quality compost, which in turn will be used to fertilize the soil, in a naturally biological process.

Once the wine is bottled, it will remain in the winery for a time that ranges from 9 months (Crianza) to 36 months (Prado Enea Gran Reserva). During this time the wine refines in the bottle. Thus, the enjoyment is guaranteed the moment the wine is available for the consumer.

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