On the nose it stands out for its very high intensity of aromas, very complex, in which first the spicy aromas (vanilla, cinnamon) come to the fore, with very faint toasted aromas and in the background, we find citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon peel) complemented by white blossom. It shows good acidity on the palate, balanced by the smoothness and sense of volume in the mouth. The citrus and spicy notes return. Very long, with a mineral and somewhat phenolic finish as a result of the time spent in the wood.
The Maturana blanca comes from the Haro and Anguciana district where the soil is sandy loam. The Garnacha blanca is from the district around Villalba de Rioja and Galbárruli with a calcareous clay soil and the Viura comes from the Badarán district with a ferrous clay soil. This diversity in the soil type can be seen reflected in the aromatic complexity. Blend: 40% Viura, 30% Grenache Blanc, 30% Maturana
Aged for 6 months in the casks in order to achieve greater aromatic complexity. The wine then spends a further 18 months rounding off in the bottle, so as to obtain a greater integration of all the aromas and more roundness on the palate.
"Structured, complex and layered white with medium body and a creamy, phenolic texture. Dried lemons, apricot stones, cedar, flint and sea salt. Long and evolving. Very fresh, too. Fantastic." - 95 points, James Suckling
"The second vintage of their top white is the 2019 Flor de Muga Blanco, produced with a blend of 40% Viura from red limestone and clay soils, 30% Garnacha Blanca from classical clay and limestone and 30% Maturana Blanca planted on sandy soils. It fermented in small barrels with indigenous yeasts and then matured in concrete eggs for three months and new barriques built in their own cooperage for six months. The wine is 13.2%alcohol and has a pH of 3.2 with very good acidity. There are only 37 hectares of Maturana Blanca in Rioja, of which they have eight. It's the same grape as the extinct Ribadavia variety from Galicia. The variety disappeared because it delivers very low yields, but they love the quality when it's picked fully ripe when it still keeps very good acidity. The wine is still a little oaky and powerful, from a warm and dry year, but the palate is electric and almost salty" - 94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Producer: Bodegas Muga
Region: La Rioja
Varietal: Viura, Grenache Blanc, Maturana
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