Having enjoyed Monastrell (aka Mourvedre) wines a lot recently, especially during our recent trip to Murcia visiting our daughter who was studying Spanish and on her year abroad , I was looking forward to this bargain cheapy I picked up from the Wine Society.
This particular bottle is from Yecla in the province of Murcia. Most of the Monastrell in Murcia, the ones I drank anyway, were all slightly chilled, so I decided to stick this bottle in the fridge for a short while before drinking.
In the glass it was a bright ruby red with a definite Mediterranean nose of cherries, plums and earthy spices. On first sip it was bright fresh and full of juicy red fruits, slightly baked and mildly spiced although it was a little sour on the finish. It had a kind of jammy sweetness to it as well but the tartness was a little too much for me especially as the glass warmed up.
With food it fared much better and for the £5.50 I paid there’s really not much to complain about although I would say for a couple of pounds more there are far better Monastrells out there.
What it did do though is to remind me of the fantastic time we had sitting in bars under the shadow of Murcia Cathedral sipping numerous glasses of this local grape variety and I urge you all to try a bottle, maybe not this one but if you find a good one it is a fabulous drink.
The Wine Society £5.50