Capellania is a single-vineyard wine of limited production. Planted in 1945, the low-yielding Capellania vineyard is perched at the Marqués de Murrieta Ygay Estate’s highest point, 485 metres above sea level. It is composed entirely of hand-harvested Viura that is gently crushed, briefly macerated, and pressed in a vertical press. This is a slow process that favours the extraction of aromatic compounds. The juice is settled and fermented in cool steel for 24 days prior to 15 months ageing in new French oak and one year maturation in bottle.
The result is a singular wine: a white with the soul of a red. Astonishingly elegant, complex, and impressively structured. The incredible bouquet will be enhanced by decanting an hour before serving. Pair with citrus-glazed duck or very rich, firm fish, like grilled sturgeon.
“From a vineyard on the Ygay estate. Another modern classic Viura: the palate builds with layers of French oak, white flowers and sweet spices. Supple, well rounded, very complex. Murrieta is doing great things with its reds, but don’t miss this.”
96 points, Decanter, April 2017
“Remarkably fresh for a five-year-old dry white, this wine has subtle lemon, smoke, white pepper, and herb notes. Good concentration with not a gram of fat on the full-ish body, and a crisp finish. Creamy texture. Drink now.”
93 points, JamesSuckling.com, July 2017