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Muga Prado Enea 2005 - Direct from the Bodega

 

Great Rioja is many things: graceful, elegant, concentrated and long lived – but above all, it represents PHENOMENAL value for money. It’s no wonder then that when the prestigious Bodegas Muga offered us a chance to obtain a second tranche of the utterly gorgeous Prado Enea direct from their cellars we accepted straight away. As this is currently lying in the Bodega there’s a bit of a wait for delivery but given the potential lifespan of this wine, that may be no bad thing…

For the few that don’t already know, Bodegas Muga is synonymous with high quality, classic Rioja; founded in Haro in 1932, and still in family ownership, Muga punches well above its weight thanks to the incredible quality of its fruit, all sourced from tiny and very specific plots each with their own micro-climates. Muga own 620 ha of vineyards and has control over a further 370 ha managed in close partnership with the vine growers. However the key to quality, clearly outlined when tasting the wines, is the use of wood. Making full use of their impressive collection of 14,000 barrels, the wines are fermented in large wooden casks, all of subtly different sizes; the in-house Cooperage employs three full-time experts to manage the whole process. This is skill, science and magic all rolled into one and part of what makes Muga so very special.

The latest release of the wonderful Prado Enea Gran Reservacomes from the super fine, seductive 2005 vintage. The grapes are some of the last to be picked from across the estate (ensuring perfect ripeness) before the ageing process begins. The fermented juice is first aged in large oak vats for 12 months, then for a minimum of 36 months in smaller oak casks and finally a minimum of 36 months in bottle. The result is astonishing – complex, rich and fully-structured but still fresh with real tension and vibrancy of fruit.

A few weeks back a number of lucky BI clients and staff enjoyed a sumptuous evening under the tutelage of the charismatic Jorge Muga and he opined that the 2005 was one of the greatest vintages to date for Prado Enea; at this price you would be crazy to miss out. Grab this to drink on landing and into the future.

 

Colour Vint. Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score Basket
Red 2005 Prado Enea Gran Reserva - Mugabtls IB 13 0 $ 475 cs 95 (WA) Add

Special Price - £260 IB when you buy 3+ cases

95 Pts Neal MartinThe 2005 Prado Enea Gran Reserva spends 36-months in oak, nine months in new oak after which it is racked into American oak that is “semi-new” (i.e. a new barrel that is “broken in” with a wine beforehand). It has an unashamedly opulent bouquet of primal, ripe, boysenberry, mulberry, dark chocolate and crushed violets that blossom with aeration. The palate is full-bodied with crisp acidity cutting through the pure blackberry and cassis fruit. It has wonderful focus and intensity, though the finish demonstrates convincing composure. This is an outstanding Gran Reserva whose silky texture will instantly win you over. Drink 2013-2030+

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