Established in 1852, Murrieta are one of the oldest and most respected bodegas of Rioja. Their wines are made in a "classic" Rioja style and receive long ageing in barrel before release. Their wines are concentrated and long-lived, both red and white, and some - like the Gran Reserva "Castillo Ygay" - have become legendary amongst Rioja-lovers. Marques de Murrieta have not stood back and stagnated however: Their 300 hectare estate now has Cabernet Sauvignon planted for their Dalmau blend which represents Murrieta's avante-garde expression of Riojan terroir.
91% Tempranillo, 6% Garnacha, 3% Mazuelo
Vineyard: The 300 Hectare YGAY estate. (400m above sea-level).
Key aspects of vinification: The grapes are first desteemed and then fermented in temperature controlled, 30.000 L, stainless steel tanks for 11-15 days, with constant skin contact, at 25C. During fermentation the wine is both pumped over the cap of grape skins at the top of the tank (remontage), and also