Type: Red Table Wine
Dalmau, a limited-production single-vineyard wine, reflects a modern facet of Marqués de Murrieta. It is made from the best fruit grown in the estate’s old Canajas vineyard, perched 465 metres above sea level. The soil here is rich in chalky clay, with a layer of stony topsoil that favours optimal ripening.
Dalmau is predominantly Tempranillo, the remainder a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Graciano. Fruit was hand-harvested, then transported to the winery in small crates to minimize damage to the berries. Bunches were de-stemmed, then fermented by varietal: Tempranillo in stainless steel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Graciano in small oak vats. The individual component wines aged for 19 months in French Allier oak prior to blending.
The 2013 vintage has yet to be released. The 2012 garnered the following:
“The 2012 Dalmau – they call it their ‘modern’ red – is a wine that has evolved since the first vintage in 1994; it is now sourced from one single plot of vines, the Pago Canajas, within their Ygay Estate. The blend here is 70% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Graciano, and the aging is exclusively in new French oak barriques and it lasts some 19 months. The varieties of this wine are always aged separately and the blend is decided after the élevage; the blend is different according to the conditions of each harvest. This feels like a ripe and voluptuous vintage with aromas of blackberries and a minty hint, with an earthy touch. The palate is full-bodied with some earthy tannins, full of power.”
93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, August 2016
“Aromas of spices, sweet tobacco, smoke and currants. Full-bodied, chewy and powerful. Modern style. “
93 points, JamesSuckling.com, December 2016