Mourvedre, AKA Mataro, AKA Monastrell, AKA the ‘M’ in ‘GSM’ is a highly unusual red wine. Because it is grown only in small pockets of the world, and due to its high tannins, we mostly encounter Mourvedre in blends, so it is not common for people to buy Mourvedre as a wine in its own right. In the Southern Rhone, it is used to great effect alongside Grenache and Syrah and is one of the permitted varieties that go into red Chateauneuf-Du-Pape.
In Australia, we see it most commonly in GSM blends from warmer areas, such as Barossa and McLaren Vale, where its high levels of tannin are used to give backbone to the lighter Grenache and more elegant Shiraz fruits.
Bandol AOC (in Provence) is one of the few regions in the world that make wines centered around Mourvedre. The result is a rich, full-bodied red that shows dark fruits, spice, and leather. They also produce Mourvedre Rose to great success! In certain areas of Spain, Monastrell is used to make full-bodied reds, which are typified by a meaty, gamey character, underneath very perfumed dark fruits. Those who choose to buy Mataro are enchanted by its deep flavour, filled with character.
If you want to buy Monastrell and discover its delightful qualities for yourself, Veno makes it easy to purchase this fascinating wine online. Or, if you would like to know more about this or any of our wines, our friendly and knowledgeable team are always happy to help.