Whilst dining on a little spaghetti last night I cracked a bottle of 2006 Bodegas Olivares “Altos de la Hoya” Monastrell. Although it’s a mouthfull this delicious 90% Monastrell and 10% Grenache from Jumilla, Spain is worth the effort.
Coming in at under $20.00 I consider this to be a perfect example of why Spain is the best spot in the world to find great value wines at the moment. This wine comes exclusively from old, ungrafted vines and sees 6 month in French oak. It’s got a great balance of power and finess combining fresh raspberry, blackberry, stawberry and brambly spice. This was good with the spaghetti but really cries out for a nice rack of lamb.
The primary grape Monastrell is also seen in the Rhone Valley in France as Mourvedre and Australia as Mataro. It is Spains 2nd most planted red grape variety and is prized for it’s rich colour, dense dark fruit and animal/spice qualities.
The area of Jumilla is in South-East of Spain and is surrounded by other great areas to find good value Grenache and Monastrell including Alicante and Yecla.
I encourage you to seek out this beauty and try some of the other great value wines from Jumilla.