2016 Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 88
Rose Wine
Price :


"This lively rosé rides energetic citrusy acidity to deliver focus and freshness. Cherry and red plum flavors have depth, and leafy and smoky notes add interest. Drink now. 4,000 cases imported.—T.M." (WS)

60% Garnacha, 30% Viura and 10% Tempranillo.

Clay/Calcareous and Alluvial.

After about twelve hours macerating with the grape skins, the wine ferments for 25 days in small, 1000 litre wooden vats, which is where it is kept for 2 months before being bottled.

It had been a promising vintage until September came along with abundant rainfall and unusually high temperatures which led to problems of grape rot of a kind which had not been seen for many years. In many vineyard plots we had to discard 50% of the fruit. Never before had so much of the harvest passed along the selection table and we had to organise shifts so as to work 20 hours per day. The result was excellent thanks to the response of our brilliant team.

In the Valley we use the slopes of the Obarenes mountains for growing the garnacha grapes which we blend in our reds. These slopes have good ripening thanks to their exposure to the sun but in the case of the rosé wines we need to plant on just the opposite facing slope, the one most hidden from direct sunlight and where the cooler temperatures allow us to preserve the fresh, sharp fruit taste.

Very light in colour, mainly pale salmon with orange glints and a bright sheen.

On the nose the wine proves more mature than you might expect for the vintage. The acid fruit is less citrus in character and, in this vintage, ripe peach and pineapple aromas come through more strongly.

Full, supple mouth-feel thanks to the time spent on fine lees, adding hints of baker’s shop aromas. The typical acidity of this wine is perfectly balanced to give an overall smooth taste. The aftertaste and retronasal phases are dominated by velvety smooth, yet fresh, sharp peach leaving a lovely final sensation which makes you want to try more.

Customers also purchased