Sunday, 26 February 2012

Chapel Hill Mourvedre 2010

The growing season for 2010 in the Vales was divine and one that I will personally be loading up on.  The Mataro, Monastrell or Mourvedre grape variety is one of the last to ripen and is perfectly suited to the warmer regions such as the Vales. In general this variety is high in tannin and can be wild in the flavour spectrum.

Chapel Hill Mourvedre 2010

This wine starts out with a huge dose of exotic Asian spices before a little smokiness comes through.  They are then joined by red-fruits that have been rolled in dirt. These flavours work their magic as they dance around on my tongue but it is the armada of tannins that really takes up the enjoyment level.  The tannins permeate and coat my mouth yet they aren't over bearing in any way. It is the sort of wine that is a conundrum in that the flavours are bold in your mouth but they hold some sort of elegance as they slip down my throat. In fact the whole package is rather inviting and enjoyable.

Alcohol: 15%
Price: $35
Rated: 88
Drink: Now - 2020

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