SWEETNESS IN A BOTTLE
Our top highlights from Hong Kong came from two established and historical producers – South Africa’s Klein Constantia and one of Rioja’s oldest wineries, Marques de Murrieta.
Sweet-wine lovers need no introduction to Constantia’s emblematic nectar, the Vin de Constance. The 2019 vintage is a continuation of this legendary sweet wine from Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains. It shows pure and complex aromatics that combine a swath of perfumes and stunning depth with natural concentration and freshness.
Marques de Murrieta delivered a lot of excitement from Rioja and Galicia this week. While the Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Dalmau Reserva 2019 is considered a richer, more plush and modern expression of Rioja, aged in new French barrels for around 20 months, elegance and restraint are not lost.
With a zesty quality to the fruit on the palate, it’s a more eclectic, almost traditional twist on modern sensibilities. Adding 4 percent graciano to 86 percent tempranillo and 10 percent cabernet sauvignon gives this concentrated red more freshness, according to Vicente Dalmau, owner of this historical, family-owned producer.