Five Miles 2016
DO Yecla, Atlan & Artisan, 750 ml
Lovers of lush, heavy wines just adore the Five Miles. This wine is an inspiration with a bouquet of plum compote, dates and juniper, perfectly complemented by fine aromas of roses and mint as well as a spicy note of cloves, cinnamon, liquorice and black chocolate. On the palate it is juicy, with a very good structure, seductive fruit extract and still young but velvety tannins. A wine that leaves no one cold. Please decant before enjoying.
|Origin:||Spanien / Murcia / Yecla|
|Grape variety:||Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera|
|Ripening potential:||2 to 10 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Latin American dishes, Roast veal with morel sauce, Beef Stroganoff, Wild specialities, Hot vegetable curries|
|Vinification:||fermentation in steel tank, biological acid degradation in barrel, fermentation at low temperatures|
|Harvest:||hand-picking, in small boxes|
|Maturation:||in large wooden barrel/foudre, in used barriques|
|Bottling:||no filtration, by hand|
|Maturation duration:||27 months|
It cannot be hot enough for the Monastrell grape. It grows around the Mediterranean, where the summers are long and hot and the winters mild. At only 200 metres in elevation, or 80 kilometres from the coast, its grapes have problems ripening. It was likely born in the Valencia region. According to written records, it was already counted among the most important varieties in 1460. Its exact origin is thought to be the Camp de Morvedre area. From there, it migrated in the 17th century to Provence, where it was christened Mourvèdre. Its wines are deeply dark, with intense blackberry aromas, rich tannins and moderate acidity. They enter into the most beautiful harmonies with other varieties from the south, such as Garnacha, Carignan or Syrah. The Mourvèdre is the main ingredient of red wines of Bandol; it also flows into the Châteauneuf-du-Pape. On the Spanish Levante coast, it is also pressed solo.
Murcia: Home to the Monastrell variety
The city of Murcia is scarcely known outside of Spain; however, with nearly 500,000 inhabitants, it is the powerful center of a rural region. Fruit, vegetable and wine cultivation are still important economic factors here. In the three wine-growing areas located in the autonomous region of Murcia – Bullas, Jumilla and Yecla – the Monastrell variety demonstrates that it can produce wines of varying character.
Spain – Variety and perfection
“Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember...,” begins Don Quixote's odyssey.
The most famous part is definitely when Don Quixote thinks windmills are his enemy and wants to fight them – until they nearly kill him. It’s possible there was a bit too much of the La Mancha wine at play. Spanish vines fight for their survival in rugged landscapes, battling fierce drought and rough soils. But they fight well.