Pedrera_Monastrell
2014

Pedrera Juan Gil Monastrell

Spain, Jumilla

The whacky label belies a seriously great value for money red. From Spain’s “deep south” this savoury, strawberry jam red wine has plenty of briary fruits and an open, smooth, juicy palate and texture. Made from the Monastrell grape (aka Mourvèdre in the Southern Rhône).”

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£6.95

MWS: 94

Origin

The bodega owns over 500 hectares of vineyards on the slopes of the Penarubia mountain, the highest part of Jumilla. The poor stony soils of the area are noted for yielding richly flavoured, concentrated Monastrell; Juan Gil also has access to further fruit from 30 to 50 year old vines.

Grape Variety

100% Monastrell.

Grapes used to make this wine are found in vineyards around 700 metres in altitude around La Aragona. These vineyards surround the cellar,which is 10 km to the northeast of Jumilla.The Monastrell vines have an average age of 25 years. The grapes are hand harvested in the third week of October.

Alcohol Percentage

13.5%

Cellar Potential

Drink now and over the next 2 years.

Producer

The Gil family have been major producers in Jumilla since the early 20th century; Miguel Gil, great-grandson of the company's founder, ushered in a new era of winemaking by building the modern bodega in time for the 2003 vintage. Bodegas Juan Gil is dedicated to producing powerful yet approachable and modern wines, mainly based on the Monastrell (aka Mourvèdre) grape - which 85% of the vineyard is dedicated to.

Food Match

Spot on with a proper Burger, fries, salad and the accompaniments, or any BBQ style grilled meats. Will also work with a vegetable and tomato ratatouille and salad.

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

In the press

2014 Vintage: 'Wines from Spain Awards 2015' - Top 100 & Discovery Red Champion

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