Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Rioja Gran Reserva 2015


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Simply put, this is one of the very finest reds being made at the moment. In fact, that's not quite true, because they have only made it once in the last decade up to 2009, but that's besides the point. It is sensational wine. Not in the barn-storming sense, but in a complex, elegant, layered and refined manner that really makes you stop and think. 

Picked from the best plots of their own estates, these grapes are some of the best in Rioja Alta and are often the latest picked in the region, but don't get made into a massive wines for the purpose of pure power, but for longevity and elegance.

The palate is fleshy and broad, but not heavy or full in any normal sense; complexity and flavour are kings here with structure having done the job of delivering the wine to us in its current form. Gentle, medium-bodied, silky and round. You can probably tell that we like this one.

From one of the great houses of Haro, Muga's wines are all worth getting excited about. They are the perfect living example of how to balance tradition with an embracing of the new, using oak in every part of the winemaking process, fining with egg whites (between 2 and 3 are enough for 100 litres), and yet a complete understanding of the technology in terms of vineyard research, fermentation processes, technical analyses, quality management and ISO standards that have only been available in the last twenty years or so.

The results are so obviously brilliant that one wonders why others aren't all flocking to follow-on from Muga's example. It could well be the cost that this devotion incurs as these are very expensive philosophies to adopt; whatever the reason, there are few who consistently produce such recognisably smooth, complex and delicious wines as Muga. We're very fortunate to list them.

Region: Rioja

Country: Spain

Grape(s): Tempranillo, Garnacha

Style: Smooth, Silky, Gentle, Full, Fleshy, Elegant, Complex

Best food matches: Tapas, Poultry, Lamb, Hard Cheeses, Fine Dining

Alcohol: 14%

Why buy from us?

When you buy wine from The Allotment Wine Co. you're helping a small Irish company that in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers who grow the grapes and make amazing wines. We only work with partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.

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Patrick H.
Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.