Depaula Monastrell, Bodegas Ponce, Manchuela, Spain 2017

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Depaula Monastrell, Bodegas Ponce, Manchuela, Spain 2017

13.95

Monastrell (aka Mourvedre in France) has quite a distinctive aroma, which a Spanish winemaker we know once likened to raw liver. He meant that in a positive way, because the Spanish aren’t squeamish and love offal, but we know better than to mention it to our British customers, because we know it will put them right off.

OK, so now that the snowflakes have left the room, we can talk openly about this wine. Yes, there’s an iron rich, bloody quality to the nose, as well as deep dark plums and glossy cassis, but that’s Monastrell for you. It’s a hardy Mediterranean grape variety and the wine is consequently deep and inky and crying out for a fore-rib of beef. There’s a lovely, shiny patina to the fruit, supported by some fine tannins, and tastes properly authentic, just how a warm climate Monastrell should taste. 13.5% alc. Drink now-2024.


Press review:

The Wine Advocate: “The one red that is different in the range is the one produced with Monastrell grapes—the 2017 Depaula. 2017 was an early and healthy harvest, and the wine is only 13.5% alcohol, as he tries to show the fresher side of the variety. The grapes—from 60+-year-old vines planted on granite soils at 915 metres in altitude—were barrel fermented with full clusters and indigenous yeasts, then the wine matured in 4,500- and 15,000-litre oak vats for six months. This is very elegant, floral, fresh and mineral, a lot more serious than the price suggests. It's harmonious, with very fine, chalky tannins, and feels very much like a $40 bottle of red. Grab it! Drink now-2022.” 93 points

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Farming: biodynamic