Les Jamelles, Reserve Mourvedre (IGP) Pays d’Oc, 2012
Mourvedre (aka monastrell in Spain, and mataro in Australia), is a late budding and ripening variety, needing a lot of warm sun to ripen, which is not an issue in Southern Spain. It has small thickly skinned berries, superlative in most aspects – giving deeply coloured wines, with strident tannins and a strong flavour intensity; it provides tannic structure and good flavour intensity to the GSM blends of Languedoc-Roussillon, and is of course the basis of Bandol.
This wine – varietal mourvedre, synthetic closure, 13% abv, The Co-operative, about £8
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, developing, with rich ripe aromas of black fruits, mainly slightly high-toned black berry, but also blackcurrant, over-ripe plum, vaguely medicinal, with liquorice, spicy with herby nuances.
Palate: a dry wine with a sense of sweetness in the ripe fruit profile, with medium acidity, medium (+) chalky and drying ripe tannins, medium alcohol and body, of medium intensity, with a fairly smooth texture, and flavours of ripe black fruits again – black berry, ripe plum and cherry, with a sweet medicinal undertone. A medium length with a clean moderately grippy blackberry finish
Quality: a very good quality wine, a food wine with firm yet ripe tannins balancing the intensity of rich ripe black fruit flavours; the wine shows good flavour concentration with some evidence of tertiary development, with more complexity showing on the palate, but an unexpectedly modest length. This wine will keep over 2-3 years but improve little with cellaring.