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Bodegas Muga Conde de Haro Brut Cava 2015
- Great Domaines
all ratings out of 100 points.
"The first impression in the glass is of practically no oxidation, with bright yellow-green hues. The foam is dense and persistent, providing an inkling of its structure in the mouth. Looking at the centre of the glass we can see a uniform line of microscopic bubbles rising to the surface. The nose is dominated by tangy fruit and floral aromas. In the background we find fermentative notes from the wine´s transformation in the bottle (honey, vanilla, liqueur). Honeyed yet fresh in the mouth, thanks to its significant acidity. The combination of fruit, acidity and fine lees results in a surprising sensation of fullness that invites one to continue tasting it. The fruity notes return in the aftertaste, with predominant spices that, for several seconds, leave a very pleasant memor" - Winemaker Note
90% Viura and some 10% Malvasía Riojana
2018 - 2020
Fermented in oak vats without malolactic, with a second fermentation in bottle
Vineyards & vinification:
Slow fermentation in new French oak and 3 months on fine lees are the secrets of this careful production process.
As one of the greatest and most recognisable names in Spanish winemaking, it comes as no surprise that the family history goes all the way back to 1932 when the estate was founded. Still in family ownership, it cultivates a staggering 250 hectares of vineyard in the Haro region of Rioja Spain. Additionally, a further 150 hectares are in the hands of external growers, many with a long history of supplying Muga with grapes.
Vines range in age from all the way back to when the estate was founded, to more recent plantings. Variety and tradition are the key philosophies behind their success. A fortunate location allows three climates to converge: Continental, Mediterranean and Atlantic. Each vineyard benefits from its own microclimate, fertile clay and limestone soils. Although there is a focus on the great Rioja grape, Tempranillo, some Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano is also grown.
Tradition dictates how the cellar is run. Roughly 90 large wooden casks (ranging in size up to 50 000l) are used for fermentation, and over 14 000 (yes, not a typo!) barrels are used for maturation. Muga is one of very few bodegas that has a Cooperage on site. Three full-time coopers construct all their barrels as well as a “Cubero”: a specialist vat builder that takes care of their enormous fermentation casks. All reds are fined using the traditional method of adding egg whites to the wines. This forms a layer atop the wine, which sinks down and takes the lees and other impurities along with it. Nothing is wasted though - once the wine has been tapped out the mix of lees and egg-white is used to fertilise the source of the fruit it has clarified.
Muga straddles the modern with the traditional. All their wines show an excellent benefit from aging. Their Reservas and Gran Reservas take on a more traditional character, while the “Aro” and “Toro Muga” confirms the modern angle to this.