The Monastrell grape has, over time, become the favored variety of Jumilla, in part because it grows successfully in rocky, barren soils where other grapes fail. The vines are trained in the 'baso' system, resembling small baskets set in rows on the white, stony soil. Each vine produces only several clusters each year. The fruit is blue-black and yields intense color and aroma within hours of fermentation. The young wine is remarkably soft and buoyant with fresh blueberry fruit. We have complimented this Monastrell by blending fifteen percent Syrah, as its more rustic character provides earthiness and structure to the wine.
Blend: 85% Monastrell, 15% Syrah