Muga Rose is made from Tempranillo, Garnacha and the white variety Viura. Spanish rosé is often overlooked but is generally great value and altogether too easy to drink. This one has great texture, nice savoury elements and is very refreshing. Pair it with white meats. And please do not serve it too cold.
Muga is one of the great producers of Rioja and Spain. The control almost 1000 acres of vines in La Rioja Alta. They use native red and white varieties to make some of the best wines in Spain. The top wines are built for the long haul, but even their cheap Reserva is still pretty impressive. Definitely a traditional style producer that means the wines will grow on you with time rather than offering it all up straight away.
A large and varied region and Spain’s quality flagship. Sub-regions Alta and Alavesa are the high altitude cooler parts that show elegant and almost Burgundian Tempranillo wines. Baja is the low hot lands sub region where Garnacha (Grenache) becomes more important. Producer is the most important determiner of quality as producers range from traditional savoury wines to modern silky, pure wines. The whites can be neutral and simple through to pretty and silky affairs.
Top quality grape grown all over the Peninsula (with many pseudonyms). It can be used for Rosado or Joven (released after 6 months) all the way up to Gran Reserva (60 months in the winery). It ages very well and top examples are said to compare to Burgundy. Cherry and cola are typical descriptors, it has moderate to low acid, moderate tannin and the naturally high pH allows for a silky mouthfeel that is not seen in other red wines.