Juan Gil 12 meses is the perfect example of what a good Monastrell wine should be like. It is a luscious, smooth wine with many layers and surprising depth as well as a lengthy satisfying finish.
Juan Gil Silver Label is a wine made from Monastrell grapes, also known as Mourvèdre or Mataró, a small but thick-skin red grape that is grown in France, Spain, the US, Australia and South Africa. In Spain, the main region where this grape is cultivated is called Jumilla, which is where winery Juan Gil is situated.
Monastrell wine has high tannin and alcohol content and even though its style and taste varies – mostly according to where it is produced – there is always an earthy and wild game with red fruit flavour to it. The Monastrell grape is known for producing strong tannic wines which are quite high in alcohol content and, although the wines vary according to where the vines were grown, have an earthy flavour of wild game mixed with ripe fruit and dark chocolate.
The Monastrell grape’s origin can be traced back to Spain where it was most likely introduced to Catalonia by the Phoenicians around 500 BC. The grapes used to produce this wine come from old vineyards with chalky and stony soils, poor in nutrients, but ideal for the growing of the Monastrell variety. This wine has been kept for 12 months in French oak barrels before it is bottled.
Juan Gil Silver Label is the perfect example of what a good Monastrell wine should be like. With a smouldering deep purple, almost black colour, this wine has a subtle yet intense aroma of ripe berries and currants, delicate vanilla and sweet cedar spice whose rich, powerful and voluminous flavours hit you with vigour as you taste it. It is a luscious, smooth wine with many layers and surprising depth as well as a lengthy satisfying finish. The bottle is as lovely, with a fine grainy quality to the silver label.
Juan Gil Silver Label is truly classy and delicious and easily on par with far more expensive wines. Its rich and complex flavour goes well with hearty meat dishes, ham and other cold-cuts, but it’s such a rich and full-bodied wine that it could be enjoyed just for itself.
Paraje de la Aragona, Carretera de Fuente Alamo, S/N, 30520 Jumilla, Murcia, Spain
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