Murua Winery, which is owned by Masaveu Family Wineries, presents an exclusive and limited edition of 3,500 bottles of Murua Gran Reserva 1970 for its fans, collectors and discoverers of unique wines.
After 50 years of bottle ageing, the iconic Rioja Alavesa winery has turned its attention to marketing this exclusive wine. It is made from grapes from very old vineyards, some of which are almost a hundred years old. These vineyards are located at the foot of the Sierra Cantabria, close to Murua Winery, in the towns of Elciego and Laguardia. Customers who buy a bottle of this wine will enjoy an extraordinary experience.
After having been aged for half a century in the underground cellar of the winery, the Murua Gran Reserva 1970 wine is truly a piece of the history of this Rioja winery, which is owned by the Masaveu family, and which was the first to be a part of the winemaking group. Its recovery is a tribute to a quintessential wine-producing land and an age-old tradition, where the vineyards are the main feature of the landscape.
In “rescuing” this Gran Reserva 1970, Murua Winery is honouring a wine region that denotes elegance and character. This region produces great wines which are distinguished and personal, and which represent the best pairing for Rioja’s gastronomy. It is also a further expression of the company’s strategic commitment to sustainability and respect for the environment. It creates a perfect symbiosis between the area’s winemaking tradition and the new technologies that are able to get the best out of it.
Respect for the raw material
The alcoholic fermentation of Murua Gran Reserva 1970 began spontaneously, without any intervention, with the utmost respect for the raw material. After thirty-one days of fermentation and maceration, malolactic fermentation was carried out on the lees in 18,000 litre vats made of French oak. The wine was aged in 225 litre American oak barrels for over 30 months. Afterwards, gentle clarification and minimal filtration was carried out before it was finally bottled in June 1973.
The rest of the ageing process has taken place in the bottle itself, in the winery’s underground caves, without any light or vibrations, over a period of almost 50 years.
The result is a medium, mahogany wine with brick-coloured sparkles. With medium intensity, it presents aromas of fruit in liquor, fine woods with touches of spices, woodwork or leather, damp earth and black liquorice. On the palate, it denotes fruit, acidity and continuous harmony. It is a velvety wine, pleasant to drink and full of volume, with refined tannins. It has a good mid-palate and a very clean mouthfeel. It is a very aromatic red, with hints of tobacco and plums and a notable aftertaste, faithful to the Murua brand, which is characterized by wines that are distinguished by their finesse and elegance.
The 1970 vintage, rated “Very Good”
1970 turned out to be one of the best vintages of the 20th century. It was rated “Very Good”, and it is one of the three vintages from that decade that obtained that rating. The wines of that vintage were characteristically fine and very pleasant on the palate. They could even be described as light, if we compare them with the current fashion of structured wines that have lots of tannins, but they also have very attractive organoleptic characteristics.
If you have the opportunity to uncork a Murua Gran Reserva 1970 now, you will embark on a true journey through the sensory memory of the Rioja winery. It is also a great way to also observe the evolution and work of one of the DOCa’s great wineries first-hand. Rioja. The bottles can be purchased at the winery’s online store, at a price of €86.
About Murua Winery
Murua Winery, part of Masaveu Family Wineries, is located in the beautiful town of Elciego, in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. In a setting that boasts impressive landscapes, the main building retains the structure of the ancestral homes typical of this area of the Rioja Alavesa.
The Masaveu family set up this winery in the 1970s. Today, Murua produces 250,000 bottles made from a raw material that reflects the respect for the land that defines this winemaking group, which has locations in different strategic areas of the country: Murua (D.O.Ca. Rioja), Fillaboa (D.O. Rias Baixas), Pagos de Araiz (D.O. Navarre), Leda (Castile and Leon) and Valverán ice cider (Asturias). Since 1970, Masaveu Family Wineries has grown into a benchmark name, both for the quality of its wine production in various Denominations of Origin and for the environmental philosophy that the wineries demonstrate. This is combined with the wineries’ utmost respect for the land on which the organisation has its own vineyard plantations, which allow it to distil the unique personality of each terroir into every bottle.