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Muga Blanco Fermentado en Barrica 2023

Muga Blanco Fermentado en Barrica

2023

£16.80

/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeWhite wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.0%

The wine

Are you looking for a white that is surprisingly impressive and comes at a very reasonable price? The quality is guaranteed by one of La Rioja’s best and longest-running producers and the surprise too: don’t expect a typical barrel-fermented white, with notes acquired from ageing, as this is the complete opposite: a fresh white, with a lovely bouquet and very lively.

The impact of fruits, flowers, nature… is unexpected on the nose and surprising. The Viura is not exactly a very aromatic variety but that 10% of Malvasía really pervades the wine’s character, and moreover, although this is a white which ferments in barrel, any trace of wood is so slight as to be almost indiscernible, especially when newly released. With time, the great ally of those who are truly in the know, this wine will develop other nuances, but who would want to keep it when it is so wonderful right now!

In appearance, Muga Blanco is bright, very clean, a very pale straw-yellow colour with some brand-new gold hues too on the rim. It boasts fairly thick tears and gives a hint of the creaminess that we detect both on the nose and again on the palate; this is a white with body and volume.

But let’s give prominence to the nose: its perfume is fragrant with the fresh and penetrating aromas of countryside flowers, the spring-time aromas of a meadow covered with flowers, and white fruits are there too, such as white peaches and pears, ripe and juicy fruits touched with citrus and on a sweetish background; some tropical notes (subtle) appear too and also some saline ones, of white stones and dry fennel. A point worth noting is that 2012 was an exceptionally dry year, and that dryness, which the Viura bore well, is perceived on the nose: the sweetness of the fruit is very well-balanced by good acidity. An elegant, vivid and natural perfume.

The entry is balanced, fresh, here more citrus than sweet, just right for offsetting a bitterness that is virtually non-existent; an oily, fleshy mouth-feel, with a warm, spirited persistence, which sees the return of notes discerned on the nose.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic

Drinking and storing

Serve between 8ºC and 10ºC

Food pairing

Steamed mussels / Grilled squid / Fruit salads / Salads with soft cheese / As an aperitif

Ratings and awards

202290+ PK
202191 PK
202090 PN93 SK
201990 PK
201890+ PK
201788-90 PK
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The white 2021 Blanco was produced with a blend of Viura, Garnacha Blanca and Malvasía de Rioja that fermented in oak vats and new French barriques and matured with the lees and two bâtonnages per week in the beginning and later daily for a total of four months. It's balsamic, a little medicinal and aromatic. They keep growing in Garnacha Blanca with very good results. It's light and fresh, with very clean aromas and flavors. 240,000 bottles produced. It was bottled at different times from a master blend.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2021 - 91 PARKER

Customer reviews

4.4/5
19 reviews
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The winery

Bodegas Muga

Bodegas Muga

Bodegas Muga is a family business founded by Isaac Muga and Aurora Caño in 1932 and located in the historic neighborhood of La Estación in Haro. In its nearly 25,000 square meters, the most traditional production methods are brought together with the most avant-garde techniques. The vineyards of Bodegas Muga, nestled in the foothills of the Montes Obarenes, in the heart of Rioja Alta, enjoy a peculiar climate, partly due to its unique geography and orientation and, secondly,...

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