Marques de Murrieta Dalmau Reserva Rioja is a modern, avant-garde expression of Riojan terroir which is somewhat in contrast with the much more traditional wines that form the rest of the Marques de Murrieta catalogue. The addition of Cabernet Sauvignon certainly lends the wine a more “international” character.
Marques de Murrieta was established in 1852 and is one of the oldest and most respected bodegas of Rioja. Their traditional 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. The bodega was acquired by the Cebrián-Sagarriga family in 1983 and continue with a distinct winemaking philosophy that is founded in the pursuit of quality and excellence through tradition and innovation. Marques de Murrieta Dalmau Reserva is based around a grapes harvested from a single vineyard. The Canajas plot consists of a single vineyard with an average vine age of 50 years located within the 300 hectare Ygay Estate located at over 480 metres above sea level in the Rioja Alta.
Marques de Murrieta Dalmau Reserva Rioja is a blend of primarily Tempranillo grapes with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Graciano. The grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed prior to fermentation in temperature controlled stainless tanks and wooden vats for around 11 to 15 days. The grapes are vinified separately, the Tempranillo is fermented in stainless steel and the Cabernet Sauvignon and Graciano are fermented wooden vats. There is daily remontage and delestage processes, in order to obtain the full potential from the grapes. The wine is aged for 19 months in 225L new French Allier oak casks prior to the final blending and bottling. The wine spends another 12 months in bottle prior to release.
The 2013 vintage is a blend of 71% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Graciano.