Here we have a fuller-bodied, floral, fruit and spice number out of Alicante that will really come into it's own with some barbequed meats. Plums, ripe blackberries, dried herbs and a touch of balsamic rise from the glass, whilst the palate is quite rich and fleshy, with summer pudding flavours, licks of mocha, a fine line of tannins, and long finish with a sprinkle of herbs at the end. It's in the zone now, but will hold for a couple more years.
Encompassing 37,000 acres, D.O. Alicante is divided into two sub-regions: La Marina, just inland from the area’s popular beach towns, and the Alicante subzone (northwest of the capital, Alicante). The winters are short; summers are long, hot, nearly rainless. Extreme high altitude, however, with dramatic diurnal temperatures facilitates retention of acidity and the ability to maintain relative delicacy, definition and finesse in the fruit.
Grown an hour inland from the coast, D.O. Alicante is super-high altitude, very dry poor soils, hot by day, freezing by
night – extreme viticulture and perfectly suited to Monastrell.
Lavender and tar, with blackberry fruit and beautifully harmonised fine oak. Date and fig fruits are succulent but not sweet in mouth with great depth, delicate and formed, soft and long fruit tannins of the highest order.