In a part of the world where tradition and heritage play a defining role in the processes and resulting flavour profile of the wines, there are few – if any – wineries who have remained as steadfastly committed to preserving the noble winemaking tradition of the Rioja, as Bodegas Muga. Located in the historic train station district of Haro, at the epicentre of the great wine history of the Rioja, Muga has been crafting traditional wines of character and distinction since 1932. Here, amongst a handful of other pioneering neighbours, Muga was front and centre in helping to build the worldwide reputation and strong following of Rioja wine.
Made from the holy trinity of traditional Rioja grapes – Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Viura – this is perfect summer drinking, offering refreshing, bright and vibrant flavours which it make it the perfect wine to serve as an aperitif or to serve with lighter fare before a meal. Made to be drunk young, this wine comes to market each spring and disappears quickly, so you’d be well-advised to stock up now!
Dry rosés like this stunning example from Bodegas Muga are great for sipping all on their own, but really come alive with dishes that showcase similar bright and vibrant flavours. Think, “spring and summer salads” topped with a bit of goat cheese. Or your favourite chicken, pork or fish dish topped with a fresh fruit salsa. None of these speak to you? Try Muga Rosé with shrimp tossed in butter, garlic and just a bit of red chili; or, with a selection of soft milder cheeses and Spanish charcuterie.
“Bright, peppy aromas of tangerine and nectarine are clean and attractive. A healthy palate braced by proper acidity offers flavors of cantaloupe and peach, while this is steady and fresh on the finish.” –M. Schachner, WineEnthusiast.com
90 / 100 Points
Producer: Bodegas Muga
Origin: Rioja, Spain
LCBO #: 603795