The Sour Grape

Barahonda Monastrell 2014

A bright concentrated Monastrell (Mourvedre) from the south-east of Spain.

Monastrell (Mourvedre) is a grape that seems to have found a new identity for itself in southern Spain, in much the same way as Malbec has in Argentina. For a long time Rioja and it’s signature grape variety ‘Tempranillo’ defined Spanish wine in almost every way, but there’s a lot more the country has to offer and the Monastrell based wines of Jumilla and Yecla in the south-east of the country are the latest to raise there game above the traditional table wine quality of the past.

 

This has a deep ruby colour with a purple/blue rim and a crystal clean blueberry and red cherry aroma. On the palate concentrated red glacé cherry and vanilla shine through in the classic Spanish ‘tinto’ style that’s as crystal clean as the aroma. Clean juicy acidity and balanced integrating tannins with just enough grip to appreciate a bit of meaty goodness. The medium length finish is woven through with just enough soft vanilla to give you pause before returning for more. It is 14.5 % ABV, but the alcohol is most noticeable on the aroma prior to letting it breath and is balanced nicely on the palate, serving mostly to bring an aromatic lift to the fruit. Delicious and very much a universal crowd pleaser… as comfortable around a dinner table as it would be at a drinks party.

 

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