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Bodegas Murtia Carmine Monastrell 2008

Mourvedre from Jumilla, Spain
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Winemaker Notes

STYLE: Full bodied red
COLOR: Deep dark ruby
BOUQUET: Fine, fresh berry fruit and well-integrated oak
FLAVOR: Smooth, balanced, silky dark cherries

VARIETIES: Monastrell 80% Syrah 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 10%
Monastrell from 40 year old vines, bush planted

YIELD: Less than 3 ton per hectare

VINEYARD: Canada del Cerro Blanco. Sedimentary soil rich in granite.
Hand harvest. Grapes fermented without crushing them first.

AGING: 8 months in new French and American Oak casks (50-50). Malolactic in the barrels.

Critical Acclaim

W&S 92
Wine & Spirits

Still youthful, this shows its potential in a core of ripe red fruit supported by a thick net of spicy tannin. The texture is generous, the flavors fresh. A textbook example of monastrell to cellar for four or five years, then serve with braised wild boar.

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McLaren Vale

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration...

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol, with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style, as are ripe, tropical-fruited Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture...

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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

In the Glass

At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

ARNSP7015_2008 Item# 110279

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