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Rich, intense sweet wines - OLIVARES, 'Dulce Monastrell'. Jumilla, Spain (50cl bottle)

2013 OLIVARES, 'Dulce Monastrell'. Jumilla, Spain (50cl bottle)

Alcohol Percentage: 16%
Size of bottle: 50cl bottle
Area: Jumilla is a warm, southern area, 150 miles southeast of Madrid and 50 miles from the Mediterranean. Its fame and quality are down to its sandy soil, making it resistant to the 'phylloxera' louse which devastated the rest of Europe in the 19th Century. As a result it has some of the oldest vines in the world, on un-grafted rootstocks. And although days are hot, nights are cool, which helps retain some fresh acidity in the grapes
Grape Variety: 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre) from a 11 hectare parcel of un-grafted vines, originally planted in 1872, only re-planted in patches when absolutely necessary
Producer: The Selva family grew grapes but didn't sell wine - until 1998 when a Spanish sommelier first tasted their “Dulce”, previously made for their own consumption. It is simply made by leaving a few vines to shrivel on the vine. The sticky juice is fermented and just lightly fortified (by only 2%)
Cellar Potential: Will last 10 years but will not change hugely
Food Match: An exciting and un-orthodox match with both strong cheese and chocolate (probably not at the same time!)
Press Reviews: Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar "Glass-staining purple. Pungent mulberry and blueberry aromas are complicated by baking spices and potpourri. Supple and sweet, offering velvety dark berry liqueur flavors and good back-end spiciness. A creamy, emphatically sweet wine that is enlivened by zesty acidity. Far more energetic than most late-harvest wines"

£21.00 per bottle
£19.95 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£18.90 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles

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