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Marqués de Murrieta Blanco Reserva Capellanía Vineyard, Rioja 2015

White Wine from Spain - Rioja
Broad, rich white Rioja from this fine single estate planted to the viura grape. Aged in French oak barrels, this is smoky and stylish with a rich, creamy finish.
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Code: SP15041

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Viura
  • 75cl
  • Drinking now
  • 13% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Cork, natural

Rioja

Rioja sits shielded in northern Spain between the mountain ranges of the Sierra de Cantabria to the north and the Sierra de la Demanda to the south. Both of these rocky ranges play their part in creating a suitable climate for the production of fine wines, shielding the region from cold winds from the Atlantic and hot winds from the Mediterranean.

Rioja is split into three sub-regions, Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja.

Rioja Alavesa - Bounded in the north by the craggy Sierra de la Cantabria and in the south by the Ebro river, and sitting in the foothills of the former, Rioja Alavesa feels a distinct Atlantic influence on its weather, despite the protection of the mountains. It has twice the rainfall of Rioja Baja to the south-east and enjoys cooler temperatures on average. The classic Rioja mainstay tempranillo is king here and makes up more than 80% of plantings, supported by garnacha, mazuelo (aka carignan elsewhere) and graciano for red wines, and viura, malvasia and...

Rioja sits shielded in northern Spain between the mountain ranges of the Sierra de Cantabria to the north and the Sierra de la Demanda to the south. Both of these rocky ranges play their part in creating a suitable climate for the production of fine wines, shielding the region from cold winds from the Atlantic and hot winds from the Mediterranean.

Rioja is split into three sub-regions, Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja.

Rioja Alavesa - Bounded in the north by the craggy Sierra de la Cantabria and in the south by the Ebro river, and sitting in the foothills of the former, Rioja Alavesa feels a distinct Atlantic influence on its weather, despite the protection of the mountains. It has twice the rainfall of Rioja Baja to the south-east and enjoys cooler temperatures on average. The classic Rioja mainstay tempranillo is king here and makes up more than 80% of plantings, supported by garnacha, mazuelo (aka carignan elsewhere) and graciano for red wines, and viura, malvasia and garnacha blanca for whites. Chalk and clay soils proliferate. Generally, the wines of Rioja Alavesa are considered the most finely balanced of Rioja reds.

Rioja Alta - Elegant reds are considered the hallmark of Alta wines. A great chunk of the major producers are based in Rioja Alta, concentrated on the town of Haro. Warmer and a bit drier than Alavesa, it also enjoys slightly hotter, more Mediterranean influenced summers and has a range of clay based soils. The reddish, iron rich clays provide a nurturing home for tempranillo while those bearing a chalkier element support the white viura well. Alluvial soils closer to the river are often home to malvasia for blending in to whites. In this area mazuelo is a regular addition to Rioja blends, providing some tannic sinew and beefing up the colour, and the reds here will often take a more significant underpinning of oak.

Rioja Baja - Most of Rioja Baja is south of the Ebro and further south and east of its neighbouring sub-regions. Summers in Rioja Baja are more often than not very warm and dry, with vineyards at lower elevations than its neighbours. Consequently soils are predominantly silt and other alluvial deposits with little chalk present, and garnacha reigns supreme among the red varieties because of its ability to deal almost effortlessly with the heat. As a rule, reds from Baja are higher in alcohol and less elegant than in Alavesa and Alta, though of course there are always exceptions and particularly so as viticulture and winemaking improves with every passing year.

RIOJA CLASSIFICATIONS AND STYLES EXPLAINED

The official Rioja classification is a guarantee of the amount of ageing a wine has undergone. Usually the best wines receive the longest maturation but this does not guarantee quality, which is why it is just as important to follow producer.

Crianza: Minimum two years (with at least 12 months in barrel)
Reserva: Minimum three years (at least 12 months in barrel)
Gran Reserva: Minimum five years (at least 24 months in barrel)

What can be confusing is that producers use different ageing techniques (for example some might use American oak, others French, others a mix of both) which will influence the style, structure and flavour of the wine. To help you find the style you like we have split the wines into the following designations.

Traditional: Fragrant, silky wines from long ageing in cask (usually American oak) and bottle; ready to drink on release.

Modern-classical: Younger, rounder wines that retain the delicious character of Rioja through cask ageing (often a mix of American and French oak) with the structure to develop in bottle.

Modern: Richer, velvety wines aged for less time in newer (usually) French oak; released earlier and may need keeping.

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Marques de Murrieta

The historic Marqués de Murrieta bodega was founded in 1878, although wines were made as early as 1852. It lies in the heart of Rioja Alta on the outskirts of Logroño and is one of Rioja’s most traditional bodegas. It is a single estate of outstanding beauty and size: around 300 hectares farmed to mostly tempranillo (90%) with the remaining made up of garnacha, graciano, mazuelo and viura.

The estate therefore produces mostly red wines: the reserva is carefully matured for 22 months in American oak, whilst the outstanding Gran Reserva Ygay spends over 30 months in barrel. The grapes for Ygay come from a single vineyard, called La Plana, its elevation of around 485 metres means that the grapes ripen with excellent fruit concentration and fine, fresh acidity.

Finally, the single-vineyard Capellania (planted to viura) has become one of Rioja’s finest white wines. It is an excellent example of white Rioja aged 22 months in barricas, using the beneficial effects of oxygen to develop the nutty, savoury flavours and broad texture that reflect the good old-fashioned style of white Rioja.

Spain Vintage 2015

The 2015 harvest in Spain looks pretty good everywhere. The summer was continuously hot and dry, so even if in some areas the volume of production is down (smaller grapes due to evaporation and the fruit contracting with the heat) things look healthy.

Rioja had the earliest harvest on record – three weeks earlier than usual – and tempranillo was picked at full ripeness in the northern sub-districts. These wines have a long way to go until they are released onto the market.

In Ribera del Duero the season was also, like Rioja, hot and dry and the harvest was smaller than 2014 by 30% or so. Older vines, with their deeper roots were able to find moisture more readily than young vines.

In Galicia hot, dry conditions were alleviated in August when a little rain fell and a little rot crept in to some vineyards. However, the harvest took place in mid-September in excellent conditions and has proved to be very overall.

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