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Muga : Torre Muga 2016

La Rioja - Rioja - Red - 14.5°
Muga : Torre Muga 2016
£490 Incl. VAT & DP £81.67 / Unit
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A great wine from Spain with impressive elegance and harmony

The estate

A family bodega created in 1932, Muga is, today, one of the most iconic wine producers in the La Rioja wine region, located in the north of Spain. With a respect for traditions, the working methods of yesteryear, clarifying the crus using fresh egg whites, the use of noble materials…since its inception, Bodega Muga has paid careful attention to producing great wines which reflect all of the typicality and authenticity of their terroir.

The vineyard

Torre Muga 2016 is produced from very beautiful terroirs in La Rioja Alta, a region located in the north of Spain. Not far from Haro, the Muga family’s various vineyards are rooted upon exceptional soils thanks to the combination of Mediterranean and continental climates. The Atlantic influence subjects the areas to significant temperature variations between day and night, fostering phenolic concentration and acidity in the berries. The soil from which this cru is issued is rich in the influence of clay, limestone and alluvium.

Winemaking and ageing

After the harvests, the berries are taken to the cellar to begin a greatly precise winemaking process. The fermentation begins in a spontaneous and natural manner. The grapes ferment in wooden barrels, with the use of native yeasts and without temperature control. The maceration time is variable – it can last up to two or three weeks. Finally, the wine ages for 18 months in French oak barrels from the region of Allier. After this ageing phase, the wine is lightly fined using fresh egg whites.

Blend

Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano.

Tasting

Colour

Torre Muga 2016 is a wine with pretty purple shades at the edges, indicative of its youth. Its density is recognisable to the eye and reveals an impressive elegance.

Nose

The aromatic bouquet harmonises aromas of perfectly ripe black fruits with spicy notes of black pepper and aromatic herbs. Touches of balsamic follow, accompanied by rosemary and smoky notes. On the whole, the nose has an unparalleled balance and harmony.

Palate

Torre Muga 2016 is a juicy and elegant wine with a great balance. The finesse of its tannins is balanced out by the tight acidity on the palate. Touches of liquorice and pepper emerge from the aromatic expression. The finish is very long, elegant and pleasant, rounding off the unique style of the wine.

Food and wine pairings

Torre Muga 2016 is the perfect companion for red meats and game. This cru can also be appreciated as an aperitif, or alongside well-grilled white fish.

Parker : 96 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
I tasted a super young 2016 Torre Muga that had only been in bottle for some four months. But even so, the year seems to be approachable and open. Even if the wine has concentration and power, it has great balance and freshness. And it's drinkable now, even if it's going to get polished with some more time in bottle, where it should have a long life. This was the most modern of the wines in the portfolio, but I think the modern and traditional styles have been converging over the years, and nowadays there is not a huge difference between them. And for its age, it feels quite round, and it doesn't have edges or any harsh tannins; the oak is present but it's neatly integrated in the wine. It has to be one of the finest vintages for Torre Muga. 36,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in early 2019.
La RiojaRioja
Alcohol
14.5

Grape varieties
Tempranillo

J. Suckling
98

Vinous - A. Galloni
96

Wine Spectator
95

Country
Spain

Wine certification
DOCa

Is promo
No

Color
Red

Producer
Muga

Parker
96

Area
La Rioja

Appellation
Rioja

Allergens
Contains sulphites

Is promo
No

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