Luzon Jumilla 2011

Reviewed by Neil Morris - 4 February 2013

luzon-jumillaStyle: Red (tinto)

Variety: Monastrell and Syrah

Alcohol by volume: 14%

Year: 2011

Producer: Bodegas Luzon

Region: Jumilla D.O (Murcia)

The region

Jumilla DOJumilla has held D.O status since 1966 making it one of the oldest in Spain. The D.O is nestled in a small zone that extends from the North of the Murcia region to the high plains of Castile-La Mancha.

With a continental climate, the area is perfect for cultivating the Monastrell grape variety (known as Mourvèdre in France) which represents over 85% of vines grown in the region. The Monastrell grape has a reputation for being rather difficult to tame, but with modern techniques and careful attention to detail, the unique flavour of these ancient vines can be fully expressed

The area is considered an emerging denomination due to the quality and originality of the wines.

The wine

You are greeted with a deep violet colour followed by big aromas of strong dark fruit, liquorice and minerals. The wine delivers flavours of hearty black berries, caramel and more liquorice, leading into herbs and toasted spice. It finishes well with more chewy blackberries and soft vanilla.

Luzon is bold, earthy and rustic but really well balanced and displays a good amount of character and quality for a really good price. If you like wine that is very approachable but packs a little punch, then this is perfect for you.

Overall a great example of how to harness and express the character of the Monastrell vines. This would pair well with flame-grilled steak, roast vegetables or shepherds pie.

Rating: 8/10 (info on scoring system)

Luzon 2011

Price: £8.00 - www.vinissimus.co.uk

(based on 6 bottles including shipping to UK - subject to exchange rate)

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