PRLog - May 24, 2011 - SOUTH MELBOURNE, Australia -- Marqués de Murrieta was one of the pioneers of Rioja D.O., first established in 1852 and passed down through the family for nearly 160 years. Today, V. Dalmau Cebrián-Sagarriga, the current Count of Creixell, and his sister Cristina carry on the family business, balancing twin philosophies of tradition and modernity. Their 300ha Ygay Estate, close to Logroño in Rioja Alta, is located between 420-500m above sea-level. The sixteenth-century Galician palace, Pazo de Barrantes in Rías Baixas D.O., has been in the Creixell line for the last four centuries. In 1991, V. Dalmau and Cristina’s father, Don Vincente established a state of the art winery amongst 12ha of pergola-trained vines on the estate, to produce only Albariño. The Cebrián-Sagarriga family can lay claim to some of the most famous and celebrated wines of Spain.
Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja 2001
Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja 2001 exclusive to Dan Murphy’s, RRP $64.99
Only produced in exceptional vintages, Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2001 is a complex and elegant classic. It is made from 93% Tempranillo and 7% Mazuelo, grown on vineyards located at 500m above sea level. The fruit is destemmed before fermentation in stainless steel, undergoing daily remontage and pigeage. The wine is aged for 31 months in 225L American oak barriques (at least 10 months in new oak) and 36 months in bottle before release. Born by excellent fruit quality, this wonderfully finessed wine has notes of earth, spice, black cherry and game. Linear and balanced, it promises to age for another decade to 20 years. Limited in production and sought after all over the world, it’s one of Rioja’s great vintages and greatest wines. 14% Alc./Vol.
“A wine the Marques calls “the first vintage of the new era.” Purple in color with a ruby rim, it presents a slightly roasted character along with plum and liqueur-like aromas. On the palate balsamic and other savory notes make an appearance along with plenty of succulent black fruit. It has outstanding depth, concentration, and balance and should evolve for another 4-5 years. It is likely to have a 30 year lifespan”.
94 points, Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, 2010
Marqués de Murrieta Reserva Rioja 2005 exclusive to Dan Murphy’s, RRP $29.99
A blend of 84% Tempranillo, 13% Garnacha and 3% Mazuelo, the grapes are picked by hand and grown between 420-500m above sea-level. The fruit is destemmed before fermentation in stainless steel, undergoing regular remontage and pigeage to ensure excellent colour and aroma, without producing excessive tannin. The wine is aged for 22 months in 225L American oak barriques, with at least 8 months in new wood and a minimum of 12 months in bottle before release. The wine shows magnificent Rioja cherry fruit, with herbal and vanillin notes, depth and subtlety. Smoky tannins are balanced by ripe complexity.14%
Pazo de Barrantes Albariño 2009 exclusive to Dan Murphy’s, RRP $22.99
This 100% Albariño is grown on the 12ha Pazo de Barrantes estate, situated in the Salnés Valley, in Rías Baixas D.O. (Galicia). This low-yield, concentrated vintage was hand harvested and partially destemmed, before being pressed in a low pressure pneumatic press to amplify the aromatic potential of the grapes. It underwent a slow, cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks, without grape skins, and was left on lees for five months to build texture. Pazo de Barrantes Albariño is fresh, citrusy and creamy. There are mineral, almost seashell notes, with riper characters of peach, apricot and golden delicious apple and firm acidity on the grippy finish. 13% Alc./Vol.
Led by Andrew Caillard MW (Fine Wine Principal), Michael Bynon (Business Manager Imported Wine) and Peter Nixon (Fine Wine Marketing Manager), Dan Murphy’s has worked tirelessly to build relationships with the world’s great producers, carefully expanding their exclusive imported range. There are two imperative criteria; the wines must be ‘top of genre’ (in terms of quality and regional and varietal typicity) and available at the best possible price. Dan Murphy’s is very proud to bring the finest and most famous producers of their region to Australia, offering excellent value for money; now including the outstanding Marqués de Murrieta and Pazo de Barrantes. www.danmurphys.com.au