Ramblis Monastrell, Rafa Bernabe, Alicante, Spain 2014

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Ramblis Monastrell, Rafa Bernabe, Alicante, Spain 2014

11.95

The opening line of a tasting note should hook your interest in the same way as the aromas of the wine it is describing should do. It should set the tone and lure you in, but as the essayist and philosopher, Blaise Pascal, once said: “The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.” A winemaker doesn't have that problem, because a wine's aromas cannot but come first, and that's a great advantage in a wine like this.

Scents of poached plum skins and chopped red cherries come tumbling out of this 'natural' Monastrell, which has such opulence in its aromas that you will feel compelled to find out what happens next. The palate is lusciously red-fruited, with grainy tannins and the kind of savoury depths you would find in a more expensive wine. There are plenty of trendy £30+ Spanish reds from Gredos and Galicia that don't taste as good as this. It's a proper pageturner made without the addition of any added chemicals in the vineyard or winery apart from a tiny amount of SO2 at bottling to keep it stable. 14.5%. Drink now-2019.

Press review:

Jancis Robinson.com (Tamlyn Currin): "A veil of acetone over the scent of bramble berries and in the backdrop, walnut skins. Rugged tannins, a little drying and rustic, red plums and bruised wood. Juniper. Very 'natural' but not overpoweringly funky. A wine that could well divide the room.. Drink 2017-2019." 16 points

NB Please note that this wine is unfiltered, so it does throw a lot of sediment. Leave the bottle standing for several hours and decant or pour carefully. The sediment is completely natural and harmless if ingested.

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