DescriptionA wine of limited production from a centennial single vineyard, which has been kept for a year and a half in new French oak barrels and one year in bottle; giving an astonishing complexity, structure and elegance. It is a very singular white wine, with the soul of a red wine which surprises all who taste it. A white wine that exceeds all expectations with its complexity and structure, it combines the quality of selected grapes grown on a traditional singe vineyard, which gives its name to the wine and of a balanced ageing in new French oak barrels for a year and a half. The result is a surprising white wine of great bouquet, a white wine of character born to surprise by its uniqueness and perfect to accompany a great variety of rich dishes, with a magnificent potential to evolve and last gracefully in the bottle.
Own single vineyard: An old single vineyard called Capellania located at 485 meters altitude within our 300 hectare Ygay Estate surrounding the winery in the southern point of Rioja Alta wine area.
Grape variety: 100% Viura.
Manual harvest in boxes: 6th of October.
Vinification: Grapes are first carefully squeezed and then pressed gently in a vertical press. This is a smooth and slow process that favours the extraction of the maximum aromatic potential from our viura grapes. Fermentation takes place in a temperature controlled stainless steel tank for 24 days in absence of the grape’s skins and solid particles.
Ageing process: 19 months in 225 liter new French oak barrels.
Botlling date: 11th of December, 2012.
Number of bottles: 19,500 (75cl.).
Pairing: Smoked fish, white meat, duck liver, foie, cheeses, Asian food and rice dishes.
Consimtion Temperature: 14º - 15º C.
Decanting: We recommend to let it breathe for a while before consumption.
Abc Newspaper’s wine guide (spain): 94 points. “It’s an extraordinary made old viura which needs special care. Powerful, wide, savory and very lively...” by J. Fernández Cuesta.
Peñín wine guide (spain): 91 points. Excellent wine.
Wine enthusiast (usa): 91 points. “(...) it’s barrel-aged Viura with Sherry, dry wood, butterscotch and corn cake aromas. The mouth is creamy and resiny, with integrated acidity that keeps it afloat. Drink now with a rich seafood dish like lobster or baked turbot”.
InternatiOnal wine cellar (usa): 91 points. “Smoky lees and white flowers complement ripe pear and orange on the nose. Fleshy and broad but dry, offering intense orchard fruit flavors that turn spicier with air. Closes with strong mineral cut, a hint of vanilla and lingering smokiness. This one could handle the richest foods but it also has the elegance to work with lighter dishes” by S. Tanzer.
Parker · Wine Advocate (usa): 90 points. Rated one of the two Best 2008 White Reserva of Rioja. “The 2008 Capellanía Blanco Reserva is the only white produced by Murrieta at this time and comes from a vineyard called Capellanía, the highest plot within the Ygay Estate (...) It has notes of chamomile, dried flowers, honey, pollen, beeswax and roasted nuts with great complexity and elegance, in a slightly oxidative way. Medium to full-bodied in the palate, it is round, with good amounts of glycerin, pungent flavors and superb balance. Good evolution in bottle” by L. Gutiérrez.
GourMets wine guide (spain): 90 points “Golden. Aromatic nose. Ripe stone fruit, toasted aromas, nuts, vanilla, tobacco leaves, pumpkin seeds and candied fruit. Lively, well structured, ripe peach, quince, cinnamon, smoky aromas, wafer… Very long finish”.