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.
One single vineyard: Canajas single-vineyard. A selection of the best fruit available in selected vintages from our old single vineyard called Canajas plot, located at 465 metres above sea level. Its soil is mainly clay-chalky, with a stony topsoil, which favours optimal ripening. After veraison, crop-thinning is carried out, selecting bunches with small berries in order to limit production up to 1 kilogram per vine.
Grape varieties: 79% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Graciano.
Manual harvest: Made in cases. The Cabernet was hand picked on 20 September, the Tempranillo on 23 September and the Graciano on 27 September.
Winemaking: Grapes are first carefully de-stemmed and then each variety ferments separately for 11 days. Tempranillo is vatted in stainless steel and Cabernet Sauvignon in an oak vat. Pumping over and delestage (rack-and-return) operations are carried out on a daily basis.
Ageing process: 19 months in 225-litre new French oak barrels.
Bottling day: September 2014.
Number of bottles: 19.767 (0,75 l) y 377 mágnum (1,5 l).
Pairing: Dalmau is intense and full-bodied. For that reason, we need to pair it with equally intense flavours: rack of lamb, beef, game, mellow meat stews, deer, feathered game, etc.. We like its combination with dark chocolate, plain or used in sauces.
Serving suggestions: We recommend pouring or decanting the wine for 20 minutes and enjoy at around 16º-18º C to let the wine breathe and show its full aromatic potential.
Guía Peñín (Spain): 96 points.
Wine Advocate - Parker (Usa): 94 points. Same as they didn’t do Dalmau in 2008 they didn’t bottle it in the 2010 vintage, and the next one will be the 2011 Dalmau Reserva, which will be released in March-April 2015. Dalmau is the most “international” of all their wines, but is a wine from Ygay because the Cabernet they have in their vineyards is now 56 years old and is part of the estate and you also feel more the smoky notes and the earthy, peat-like minerality. (...) This is a cuvée that used to be quite oaky, but this has changed radically and the earthy personality is much stronger, and the oak is perfectly integrated, and even if it’s extremely young is perfectly drinkable and showing classical aromas of cigar box, cedar wood and lead pencil. The texture is creamy and even if the tannins are velvety and the acidity is fine, just the complexity you will gain with a couple of years in bottle would payback a little patience. It’s a matter of personal preference and the style in this wine is quite strong, but this is objectively a great vintage for Dalmau. 20,000 bottles produced.
James Suckling (Usa): 92 points. A solid and chewy red with lots of chocolate, dried fruit and pine nut aromas and flavors. Full body. Lots of oak on the finish. Muscular and fruit-forward wine. A blend of tempranillo, cabernet sauvignon and graciano. Single vineyard. Drink now.