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Mourvedre

Mourvedre is a dark-skinned grape variety grown in many countries around the world. It has a distinctive, spicy character and can produce some of the most powerful red wines.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Mourvedre grapes are dark, almost black in colour. It produces wines that are deep in hue and have aromas of herbs, spices, black pepper and dark fruits. On the palate, Mourvedre wines are usually full-bodied with high tannins, moderate acidity and flavours of blackberry, cranberry, plum and smoke.

Fresh Mourvedre grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Mourvedre is grown in many regions around the world, including France, Spain, Australia, South Africa, Chile and the United States. In France, it is most commonly found in the Rhône Valley or the Languedoc-Roussillion, where it is used in blends with Grenache, Syrah and other grapes. In Spain, Mourvedre is known as Monastrell and is used to make powerful bold red wines. Mourvedre is a relatively low yielding grape and can be difficult to grow. The vines are resilient and can cope with drought conditions and hot climates. The wines produced from Mourvedre tend to be high in tannins, so winemakers will often use techniques such as extended maceration and oak ageing to soften the tannins. In the Rhône Valley, Mourvedre is blended with other grapes to make powerful, full-bodied wines such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In Australia, Mourvedre is used to make spicy, herbal wines often aged in oak. In Spain, Mourvedre is used to make powerful, intense wines. Mourvedre wines are often best paired with rich, meaty dishes such as beef, venison and lamb. The wines can also be paired with dishes such as game, mushrooms and dishes with a tomato-based sauce.

Foods to pair with Mourvedre:

Pizza
Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Light meat
Fun Fact about Mourvedre
Mourvedre is also known as Mataro or Monastrell in some regions.

Top Wines with Mourvedre

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The Rhone Valley is one of the most historic regions. Wine was made here by the Romans when they occupied Gaul. Guigal is a family owned operation that is now in its third generation. They have achieved much in a short space of time, becoming stalwarts of the area. Guigal buy additional fruit to make this large volume blend but they pay their growers a multiple of the market rate to ensure the fruit meets their exacting specifications. The blend in Syrah dominant with Grenache and a little Mourvedre in support. The winemaking is both traditional and slow with a long maceration on skins, controlled temperatures and 18 months maturation in old oak vats before release. The end result is a full bodied with with velvety tannins and notes of blackberries, cherries, and licorice spice. This is not only a great introduction to a Southern Rhone style blend, buy a model of consistency, which when coupled with its wide availability makes it a frequent choice for many. If you are looking for something versatile and reliable, look no further.
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Ridge Vineyards

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Ravenswood Besieged

Ravenswood

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Ravenswood Besieged is a premium red wine produced by Ravenswood Winery, known for their exceptional quality wines. The grapes used to make this wine are sourced from various vineyards in Sonoma County, California, each with unique features that contribute to the wine's complexity and depth. The winemaking process involves a combination of traditional and modern techniques, resulting in a wine that is both rich and elegant. The style of Ravenswood Besieged is full-bodied with intense flavors of dark fruit, spice, and a hint of oak. This wine is perfect for those who appreciate a bold and flavorful red wine that is both complex and well-balanced.
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Michael David Winery

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Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel is a bold and robust red wine from Lodi, California. The wine is made from hand-harvested Zinfandel grapes, grown in Lodi’s sandy soils. The wine has aromas of ripe raspberry and blackberry, with a hint of toasted oak and spice. On the palate, this full-bodied red has flavors of blackberry jam, sweet vanilla, toasty oak, and a hint of black pepper. This is a bold and robust wine that pairs well with grilled meats, steak, and strong cheeses.
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Cellier des Princes

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Cellier des Princes Châteauneuf-du-Pape represents the epitome of fine French winemaking, a standout offering from the prestigious Cellier des Princes cooperative, located in the heart of the Rhône Valley. This winery, the only cooperative in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, has a rich history dating back to 1925 and is renowned for its commitment to quality and expression of terroir. The wine is crafted from a blend of up to 13 permitted grape varieties, with Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre playing leading roles. The vineyards are situated on diverse soils, including the iconic galets roulés (large, round pebbles) that radiate heat to the vines, contributing to the grapes' ripeness and concentration. Aged in a combination of oak barrels and vats, the wine achieves a perfect harmony of power, elegance, and complexity, reflective of its distinguished appellation.
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