Hola! Mataro, Mourvedre or Monastrell……call it what you want, but if you prefer full bodied and intense versions of this varietal, then Jumilla in the southeastern Murcia region of Spain continues to produce the the greatest BANG for the BU$K! Jumilla is home to El Nido’s CLIO where the Monastrell grows in chalky white soils and is masterfully blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. Jumilla is also home to Casa Castillo which produces a very robust, Mourvedre “Las Gravas” which is blended with 15% each Syrah and Garnacha (Grenache). In an extensive 2.5 hour tasting with the importer recently, this 2015 Las Gravas was a clear standout.
“The 2015 Las Gravas is a classic Mediterranean blend of Monastrell with 15% each Garnacha and Syrah, with 15% alcohol after fermenting with part of full clusters and indigenous grapes and aging in used oak barrels for 19 months. 2015 is the last vintage that Las Gravas has some Syrah, as it adds some sweet fruit he wants to avoid. However, it shows fresh within the balsamic profile, with plenty of rosemary and thyme notes combined with floral undertones and the character of the esparto grass and tree bark that are textbook descriptors of the variety. 32,000 bottles were filled in June 2017. 2018 – 2030.” – 94 points, Wine Advocate (Dec 2017)