A little further South than Valencia and Alicante sits the sub-department of Jumilla, tucked ever so slightly inward away from the nearby Mediterranean. The landscape in Jumilla is relatively arid, relieved only sporadically by the occasional shower that makes it West from the coastline. It is, in other words, vine heaven. Long, hot Summers and low disease pressure make organic agriculture here easier, and allows the old bush vines of Jumilla to be imbued with wonderfully-concentrated fruit that makes for wines full of detail and length. This 100% Monastrell is positively playful and dances with notes of juicy plums and damsons. Just remember to let it breathe for half an hour or so whilst preparing dinner.
Region: Jumila, Spain
Vineyard: Bodegas San Isidro
Sulphite Level: <10 (ppm, mg/l)
Top tip from our wine expert: All these wines are best enjoyed when opened early. Let them breathe for an hour before your first sip, or even better, decant into your favourite carafe. Good things come to those who wait, after all.