Best Spanish wines of the D.O. Jumilla (Region of Murcia)
The new ones Jumillas, who do not deny that their wines have been linked for centuries to medieval skins, to emergency exports to France infected with phylloxera and to the repairs of grade, color and structure of famished wines from other areas, have managed to break with that tradition thanks to the modernization effort of some growers and winemakers who have firmly opted for the Monastrell grape harvested at its point of maturity, looking for less volume and grade, and more quality, so in record time they have managed to gain prestige and national and international recognition.
The discovery of Vitis vinífera grape seeds in different areas of the municipality of Jumilla, such as the Calcolitic village of El Prado, the Molar Necropolis and the Cueva de los Tiestos, sufficiently distant from each other and sufficiently accurate as to their dating and uniqueness, ensure that in the area the vine was known for more than 5,000 years.
In 1966 the DO Jumilla, one of the oldest Denominations of Origin in Spain. The DO Jumilla It is located in the Southeast of Spain, being an area characterized by wide valleys and plains, marked by mountains, transition zone between the Mediterranean coast of the Mediterranean and the Castilian-La Mancha plateau, protecting the production of two large areas: Jumilla municipality, in the Murcia province, and the municipalities of Montealegre del Castillo, Fuenteálamo, Ontur, Hellín, Albatana and Tobarra in the province of Albacete.
Currently there are about 2,350 wine growers who grow more than 30,000 hectares of vineyards, of which more than 40% are in the municipality of Jumilla. Its average annual production is about 64 million kilos of grapes, of which only about 22 million liters of wine are qualified, so it still moves a lot of wine in bulk or bottled without designation of origin. However, in recent years, DO Jumilla wines have been starring a real revolution with the Monastrell variety as a flag, the native that defines them. The quality levels reached by this area at this time have meant that Jumilla is considered as one of the most emerging denominations of the Spanish wine scene, with excellent results both in the national market and in the international market. Among them we highlight:
Juan Gil Wineries is the embryo of the group Juan Gil Family Wineries (Gil Family Estates), which gives its name to a small group of small wineries spread throughout the Spanish geography that have been incorporated into the family group since 2002, with the common denominator of being made with native varieties, in addition to offering a careful image and an unbeatable value for money within the market niche where each of its projects is located.
Juan Gil is a clear commitment to an area of great oenological interest, Jumilla, conceived under the philosophy of enhancing the identity of the land, as well as the personality and quality of the native variety Monastrell, with vineyards located between 700 and 850 meters of altitude, with old strains of Monsatrell and younger ones with Syrah, Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot that provide intense nuances of spices and fruit to their wines.
The "Gourmet Wine Guide"has just selected them as the" best Spanish winery "in its 2017 edition for its value for money. Among these is the Juan Gil Silver Tag which is made with Monastrell and receives a 12-month aging French oak barrels. It offers powerful aromas of ripe red fruit, roasted, spices and smoked notes. With great structure, mature and sweet, powerful, tasty and elegant, with good entry in the mouth and very persistent, with the fruity sweetness of the Monastrell.
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March El Nido project with the illusion of seeing author wines take off and high in the deranged Jumilla. The El Nido winery is the crown jewel of Juan Gil, which began to bear fruit at the end of 2001, as a result of the collaboration agreement between the Gil Family and Chris Ringland, one of the best Australian winemakers.
It has small plots with a total of 32 hectares of the Monastrell variety, from very old vineyards and some almost centenarians, 12 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon Y 1.8 hectares of Syrah. The first harvest that is marketed is that corresponding to the 2002 vintage under the brands El Nido and Clío. Also in 2009, the first Corteo harvest is completed that completes the current range of wines.
Price: From € 11
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Luzon Wineries it is established in 1916 with a successive union of winemakers and processors, but the new winery was built 2000, with an important oenological reform in 2005 and 2,500 oak barrels. Market a dozen labelss, from the young oak wine and a varietal of Petit Verdot, through the aging and the author's wines, to the Luzon Verde of ecological vineyard, and a white frizznte from Moscatel.
We have selected this Luzon Young for their relationship price quality. It is composed of 70% Monastrell 30% Syrah, its aroma is clean, fragrant, fruity, intense nuances of powerful red and black fruit and very pleasant. And its flavor is soft and warm, very fruity and balanced acidity.
Price: From € 4.5
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Bleda Wineries It is a family business whose origins date back to 1915, the year in which it was founded by Don Antonio Bleda. They were pioneers in the bottling of wines at the beginning of the 20th century. His iconic Old gold won the Gold Medal at the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona in 1929. In Bodegas Bleda they work the type of grape typical of the region, the monastrell as the fundamental basis of their wines, but they produce other grape varieties, such as Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. From among its wines we have selected for you this Pine Doncel 5 months, a red oak It spends 5 months in French and American oak barrels.
Its harvest was made between the first week of September and mid-October 2014. Cherry red color very lively and high layer. High aromatic intensity with a complexity in which the red fruit stands out with sweet and spicy nuances. Very sweet mouth, with a lot of volume and very round. Spicy touches that are assembled with the red fruit from the grape leaving a feeling of persistent sweetness. Between the many awards he has receivedHe had the honor in his first vintage in 2012 of being the Grand Bacchus of Gold 2012 granted by the Spanish Union of Tasters.
Price: From € 5