Wine of the Month
Bodegas Muga is located far North in Spain. Bodegas Muga was established in 1932 by Isac Muga Martinez, an is still a family owned business. After Isac Muga`s passing in 1969 his children Manuel, Isabel and Isac Muga took over the business. The family controls all aspects of the business from the harvesting to the wine production, storage and maturation of the wines.
Even though the Spanish wine business has met a lot of hardship in recent years, Bodegas Muga has kept expanding and developing the family brand in the right direction. Today they own 250 hectares of vineyards, and are still growing. Bodegas Muga have also recently aquired control of a further 150 hectares from surrounding vinegrowers.
The five most important vineyards are El Estepal, La Loma, Blactracone, La Loma Alta and Saiazzara. They are mainly situated on soil based on clay and chalk. The most important grape used is Tempranillo, but Garnacha is also representing a big part of the wine production together with a small part of Viura and Malvasia.
The secret to how the wines are made is mainly the use of oak. The oak usage stretches from fermentation in large oak vats, to maturation on small new oak barriques. This process will add notes of vanilla and spices to the final wine. The prolonged contact with oxygen from the oak also makes the wines more age worthy.
Muga Reserva 2013
Aromas of ripe dark blackberries and dark plums, with notes of baking spices and leather. A Well balanced wine with intense and concentrated flavours of herbs, tobacco and vanilla. A long and developed finish.
Pairs with: Rib eye and grilled lamb
Drink: 8-10 years
Producer: Bodegas Muga
District: Ribera Del Duero
Marius has worked in several parts of the wine business for the last 16 years. He is currently working as a Category Coordinator for wine and spirits in the Travel Retail business. He is also a part of a tasting panel for the financial newspaper in Norway and writes articles and lectures in his spare time.Marius has a huge passion and dedication for the wine and spirits industry. He is a certified Sommelier and is currently undertaking the WSET Diploma in wines and spirits education.