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Marques de Murrieta Capellania

A white rioja made from a one hundred per cent, single vineyard viura by Marques de Murrieta.

What is it Most people think rioja is red wine, and they’re not wrong. Most riojas are red, but there is white as well. However, they’re not like the white wines that people mostly drink because of its slight oxidative character, which comes from their tradition of using oak. White rioja is normally a blend made out of viura, or macabeo as it’s known in cava-making parts of Spain, together with garnacha blanca and malvasia. But this is a one hundred per cent, single vineyard viura by Marques de Murrieta, better known for its red Castillo Ygay.

What it tastes like People who like chardonnay would love this: it’s creamy, oaky, lots of flavours, layers and dimensions. It’s aged in new French oak for one-and-a-half years, giving it vanilla, overripe melon and sweet spice, with a medium to full body and some acidity. Pair this with richer seafood, something grilled or smoked, or roast pork would do.

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