DescriptionA wine of limited production from an old single vineyard where very low yields are grown. It reflects a much more modern facet of Marques de Murrieta, a rigorous selection of the grapes, meticulous extraction and aging in new French oak barrels for a year and a half give this wine a harmonious and intense character. Dalmau is a limited production wine, full of shades and intensity, which shows the most modern side of our winery. It has a complex and velvety nose, with an explosion of aromas of wild fruits, dark chocolate and mineral notes, elegantly combined with the creamy toasting of its ageing in the new French oak barrels. An elegant and extraordinary wine which impresses in every way, with body and harmony, of magnificent balance which creates a powerful wine.
Own single vineyard: A selection of the best fruit available at selected vintages from our sixty year-old single vineyard called Canajas plot. It is located at 465 meters altitude within our 300 hectare Ygay Estate surrounding our winery in the southern point of Rioja Alta wine area. Special green techniques -crop thinning- are carried out for the pursuit of fresh concentration and complexity.
Grape varieties: 92% Tempranillo, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Graciano.
Manual harvest in boxes: On the 27th and 28th of September.
Vinification: Grapes are first carefully de-stemmed and then fermented both in a temperature controlled, stainless steel tank and a wooden vat for 13 days, with daily “remontage” and “delestage” processes, in order to obtain full potential of the perfect condition grapes. While Tempranillo ferments in a stainless steel deposit, Cabernet Sauvignon and Graciano ferment individually in a wooden vat. The grapes are vinified separately to keep their peculiarities intact.
Ageging process: 19 months in 225 liternew French oak barrels and 12 months in bottle before release.
Bottling date: July 2008.
Number of bottles: 23,409 (75 cl.).
Pairing: All red meats, roasts and game. Excellent also with cheeses.
Consimtion Temperature: 16º - 18ºC.
Decanting: We recommend to let it breathe for some minutes before consumption.
Todovino wine guide (spain): Best 2005 Reserva of Spain.
Proensa wine guide (spain): 98 points. “Structured, powerful, very elegant and perfectly balanced (…)” by A. Proensa.
Abc wine guide (spain): 97 points.
Peñín wine guide (spain): 96 points. “On the podium of the Best Spanish Wines. Exceptional wine. It is in every sense extraordinary, full of complexity, (...), elegant and utterly outstanding” by J. Peñín.
Repsol wine guide (spain): 96 points. On the Honor roll of the Best Spanish Wines.
Wine advocate (usa): 94 points. “Outstanding wine.“Dense purple in colour, it exhibits aromas of pain grille, lavender, spice box, assorted black fruits with a hint of balsamic and chocolate (…). Savoury, spicy and well-balanced, this layered offering has plenty of silky tannins and a pure, seamless finish” by R. Parker.
Wine enthusiast (usa): 93 points. “Dalmau strikes again in 2005! This icon wine strikes all the right chords. The nose is round, toasty, warm and exotic, with huge berry and plum aromas sexed up by well-applied, finedgrained wood notes. It’s lush but balanced, with mineral, violet and bitter chocolate nuances adding complexity. Husky in size, but maintains its form and balance” by M. S.
Wine Spectator (usa): 92 points. “This red is bursting ripe flavours, sweetened with chocolate, round and plush. Yet wellintegrated tannins give structure, and the finish is fresh, with pretty floral notes. Offers fresh acidity and well-integrated tannins” by T. Matthews.