Marques de Murrieta 2016 Blanco Reserva Capellania Rioja

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Smoky and nutty on the nose with aromas of fresh quince, pear, almonds and toasted notes. The palate showcases touches of oak, almonds, camomile, pear, dried apricots and has a creamy feel. There is superb balance and texture, with a line of fine acidity, the wine really develops in the mouth.

Capellania pairs well with sea bream, smoked fish, roast chicken, and the cheeseboard at the end of the mea. It's incredibly versatile and also pairs well with Asian dishes.

Marqués de Murrieta was one of the first Rioja Houses to be established, in 1852, by Luciano Francisco Ramón de Murrieta one of the founding fathers of modern Rioja winemaking. The bodega was taken over in 1983 by the Cebrian family and is run today by Vicente Dalmau Cebrian, Count of Creixell. Vicente’s aim is to establish Bodegas Marqués de Murrieta among the best wineries in the world, and the recent vintages show he is doing just that. Working with winemaker Maria Vargas, they are developing and evolving the signature Murrieta style, creating subtle yet age-worthy red wines alongside leading the way for world class white wines from Rioja with Capellania and the rare Castillo Ygay Blanco.

The grapes for Capellania come from the eponymous single vinyeard site, which is situated at an altitude of around 485m, one of the highest points of the Ygay estate. The vines were planted in 1945, so provide wonderfully concentrated grapes for this leading white wine from Rioja.

Grapes are first carefully crushed and after a short period of skin contact are gently pressed in a vertical press for a very gentle extraction preserving all of the aromatic potential. The juice is then settled and fermented in a temperature-controlled stainless steel tank for 24 days. the wine is then aged for 16 months in 225-litre new French oak barrels, and was bottled in January 2020.

2016 experienced a long harvest, which lasted over two months and required a lot of patience. An extremely hot, dry summer was followed by unusually warm and fine weather over the harvest period, allowing grapes to achieve perfect ripeness according to variety and vineyard site.

2016 is classified as very good by the Consejo. Quality is very good, modest alcohol, full ripeness and ripe well integrated tannins, the best vintage of recent years. For Murrieta, the quality of the vintage is undeniable. 2016 is a year of powerful, intense, long-lasting wines which will evolve beautifully during their period of oak ageing.

 

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