Prado Enea Gran Reserva

The first of two Gran Reserva wines from the Bodegas Muga. I’m not actually sure what vintage this wine was, because the lady whipped away the bottle so quickly I didn’t have time to look at it never mind photograph it. I had to borrow the photo from the Bodega’s website, which currently lists the Gran Reserva as 2010 so I assume that’s what we tried.

According to the website: ‘Along with the grapes for Torre Muga, the Prado Enea grapes are always the last to be brought into the winery. In this way we ensure an ideal level of ripeness. The grapes are always fermented in 10,000 kilo capacity oak vats without temperature control and no addition of yeasts. The maceration period varies but can continue for as long as twenty days. This wine is aged for 12 months in 16,000-litre American oak vats, thirty-six months (minimum) in mainlt French oak casks and thirty-six months (minimum) in the bottle. After ageing it is lightly fined using fresh egg whites.’

It has a medium intensity ruby red colour with a pronounced scent. Mossy wood scent with red berries underneath.

A dry wine with good body and lingering finish. Well integrated tannins and acidity, neither were too much for my sensitive palate.

It has a nice fresh red berry flavour with some spice. It fills mouth with body but at the same time is quite refreshing. I get some of the mossy wood in the finish but mainly fruit and spice. The bodega’s tasting notes describes the mossy wood as autumnal leaves…very poetic. I might nick that.

I liked this wine.



Name: Prado Enea Gran Reserva
Colour: Red
Year: 2010
Grapes 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano
Winery: Bodegas Muga
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Quality Classification: Denominación de Origen Calificada
Alcohol: 13,5%
Price: €46,95

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