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Characteristics of Muga Rosado
Muga Rosado is a rosé wine by Bodegas Muga in DO La Rioja. Located in the town of Haro, one of the towns with the highest concentration of wineries in the world, Bodegas Muga is one of the historic cellars of La Rioja.
They began making wine in 1932, when Isaac Muga and Aurora Caño married. Muga Rosado is made from a blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Viura, typical varieties of La Rioja, from vineyards planted up to 480 metres above sea level on clay-limestone soils, with a climate marked by Atlantic, Continental and Mediterranean influences.
Once in the winery, the grapes are selected, destemmed and macerated for 12 hours before fermentation takes place in wooden tanks of about 2000 litres for 20-25 days at a controlled temperature of 18 degrees.
Once the fermentation has occurred, Muga Rosado rests for two months with its lees. After this, it is stabilised cold, filtered and bottled, ready to go to market. Muga Rosado is between rosé wine amongst rosés. Each wine vintage after the next delights its fans. And there are many.
Serve at 10ºC
White meat, Rice with meat, Vegetables, Complex salads, Risottos, Blue fish, Sushi, Pickled food, Steak tartare, Goat cheese, Poultry
SightA lovely salmon-pink. Very clean and bright, with good intensity.Nose
There is a clean and complex nose. Great prominence of fruit such as cherry, peach, apple, pineapple and peach with light floral aromas.
We also find a nice presence of pastries and yeast from working with the lees.TasteThe taste is fresh, sweet and intense. It has a soft step, with good acidity. Memories of citrus. Long and pleasant aftertaste with floral notes.
SightPretty pale salmon colour with steely edges. Very clean and very bright.NoseA clean, honest and direct nose. Intense aromas of fresh and acidic fruit. Red fruit, yellow stone fruit and even tropical fruit (passion fruit, pineapple) mixed with delicate floral aromas. Surprising background with hints of bakery goods and yeast.TasteAppetising and fresh attack. Agile, smooth and dry on the palate, with a high, aromatic acidity, very well integrated, and a high concentration of fruit. Long finish, medium persitence, releasing floral and fruity aromas at retro-olfaction.
SightClean, pale and very bright salmon colour. Almost crystalline.NoseIts intense notes of fresh and acid fruits, including red fruits, some stone fruits such as peaches and some exotic fruit such as passion fruit, are mixed with its delicate floral aromas. Amazing background of wooden notes.TasteVery pleasant, fresh and light Rioja rosé wine. It shows a good attack with the aromas felt on the nose which are present from the fist sip. Its aromas are intense and mellow. Soft and dry mid palate, with a very good and balanced acidity. Long finish, which leaves floral and some very ripe fruit aromas.
SightVery bright and clean pale salmon colour.NoseIts soft aromas of fresh red fruit are displayed on a good background of exotic and stone fruits. Very subtle spicy hints.TasteVery nice wine with a wide and fresh attack and a soft and dry mid palate. Its notes of fruit are moderate and accurate. It has a good acidity and a very long finish.
SightIntense salmon color, with hints of strawberry. Clean and bright.NoseHighlighted aromas of very fresh red fruit, apple green and a point of citrus.TasteAppears again in the mouth fresh red fruit, citrus, herbal notes and apple. Good acidity, with a very fresh run, gliceric. Long finish.
La Rioja is one of the most important areas of wine production in the world. It has a long history, and exceptional soils and climates. From the Tempranillo and Grenache varieties they make great red wines that are masterfully aged which demonstrates the experience passed from generation to generation.
The Muga family is part of the history of wine of the Haro and Rioja regions. They were first wine traders and then they set up their own winery and started producing their own wines. Their name is now known in more than 50 different countries throughout the world through their wines. Their experience and artisanal production bring an outstanding quality to their wines.
HISTORY OF THE WINERY
It all started in 1932 when the couple Isaac Muga and Aurora Cano decided to open a little wine distribution family business in the centre of Haro, in the heart of the Rioja Alta.
In 1968 the little family owned wine shop became a winery, settling in a beautiful 19th century mansion in the Estación de Haro area, now the region with the highest concentration of wineries in the world, where they started to produce their first wines.
Towards the end of the 80s, Bodegas Muga decided to start producing more current wines, with the idea of trying to export their wines on the international market. Thus, at the start of the 90s, the two greatest successes of the winery were born: the Torre Muga and the Prado Enea.
Today Bodegas Muga exports much of its produce, especially to the United States, where it has always been very well received by both consumers and critics.
Bodegas Muga have 200 hectares of vineyards at the foothills of the Obarense mountains, where they harvest Tempranillo, Grenache, Mazuelo and Graciano red grape varieties and Viura and Malvasia white grape varieties. They also control another 150 hectares of farms in the region.
The orientation and location of the vineyards are situated at a crossing-point between Mediterranean, Atlantic and Continental climates, resulting in a perfect climate and environment for grape growing. The soils are mostly marl, although ferrous clay soils and alluvial soils are also found. These soils are equipped with a special quality specific to the region. This mix of climates and soil characteristics make the ripening of the grape long and delicate.
The grapes are arranged for different productions, passing through sorting tables by hand to insure quality. The method of work at the winery has changed very little from generation to generation. The grapes ferment in oak vats, make the grapes into wine individually depending on their quality and vineyard of origin.
Aging is done in French and American oak barrels, and to a lesser extent Spanish and Central-European oak barrels. Bodegas Muga has its own coopery, one of the few Spanish wineries that still produce their own barrels. Every 4 months a racking is done by gravity, without moving the barrel and by candlelight in order to see the clarity of the wine better.
The wine is clarified with fresh egg whites, and once bottled remains in the winery for at least 9 months for the vintages and 36 for the Prado Enea Gran Reserva.
MUGA WINERY WINES
Bodegas Muga offers a wide range of wines that in terms of reds range from Muga Crianza, the baby of the family, to the prestigious Torre Muga, and Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva, which has has been very successful internationally.
Besides the reds, the two jewels of the house must be mentioned: Muga Blanco and Muga Rosado. A white and a rosé that have spent time in barrels and turn out to be truly amazing.