Mourvedre (moore-ved) is a full-bodied red wine rumored to be introduced to Spain by the Phonecicians. It is typically used as a blending grape. given it easily adds tannic structure, black fruit and color to wines. While it’s usually used a blending grape, Mourvedre wine can play both a leading or supporting role in blends. It is best known for the important part it plays in Rhône-Style Blends and their New World equivalent, often referred to as GSM for short (blends of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre). This varietal showcases elegant, concentrated and very individual wines.
The smell of Mourvedre smells like black fruit, herbs and can be meaty. In regions such as Bandol, France and Jumilla, Spain, Mourvedre wine can have a very gamey taste.Mourvedre is a very thick-skinned grape, which ripens slowly.
Mourvèdre has the ability to age well and when made own its own. When playing the lead role in blends (such as in Bandol in France), it needs bottle aging to soften its structure and allow its flavors to develop.
Some of the dominant flavors include Black Berry, Bramble, Jam , Boysenberry, Black Pepper, Cocoa, Tobacco, Smoke, Roasted Meat, Game and Sage.
Well known regions for Mourvedre include Valencia, Jumilla, Provence, South Australia. The top producing countries include Spain, France, Australia, USA, South Africa.
In Spain the varietal is called Monastrell and is found in Valencia, Jumilla, and Alicante. Monastrell is used to make Cava (sparkling wine).
In Single Varietal Mourvedre is called Bandol and it is located in the appellation of Provence. Bandol also produces award winning Mourvedre rose wine.
In Australia this varietal is called Mataro and found in Southern Australia.
Mouvedre is a very thick-skinned grape, which ripens slowly. The grape must achieve full ripeness, otherwise the wines will be tannic and one note.
Suggested Mourvedre Food Pairings Include: Lamb Stew, Coffee Rub Rib eye, Black, Ragu, beef short ribs, pork shoulder, barbecue, lamb, rabbit, pork sausage and veal, lavender, rosemary, and thyme.
Mourvedre should be consumed in a large red wine glass and has a shelflife of 10 about years. The average bottle cost between $15 – $30 This wine benefits from lengthy decanting and is best enjoyed at room temperature.
Suggestion: Look for a wine shop with a large selection and knowledge staff. In single varietals from this wine is hard to find. Look for options online or with winery directly.
Carpe Travel collaborated with Maia Parish to compile the grape varietal overviews. Maia Parish is an award-winning events producer, sommelier, wine judge, and media consultant. She lives in Denver, Colorado and likes to eat copious amounts of food. You can find her here www.linktr.ee/thewinemistress.