“Rioja is on a roll. […] Official efforts to add interest to Rioja include increased attention paid to white Rioja that has gone from representing five to eight per cent of total production in the last five years. I have fond memories of the deep golden, waxy, somehow molten white riojas that were available in the 1970s. Since then such wines have become difficult to find. […] Another of Rioja’s historic producers, Marqués de Murrieta, has been trying to recreate the white wine marvels it used to produce. Their Capellania is a lavishly oaked wine from seriously old vines that begins to prove itself only after several years in bottle.”
Jancis Robinson on Capellania, May 2018
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.
“This is a very impressive food-wine. The discreet candied lemon and lime notes are underlined by the French oak and the medium-full palate is dry, but silky with a long, refined finish. Named after the plot where the viura vines of the estate are grown.”
93 points, JamesSuckling.com, August 2018
“Viura with some 15 months in new French oak: succulent richness, quince, pear, nutmeg and cinnamon notes.”
92 points, Decanter, July 2018