Selecto Crianza 2014

OMG! What a surprise! I’ve finally found a Monastrell Red from Jumilla that I like. Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that Monastrell wines are very heavy reds with high tannins and acidity. All things my poor tastebuds struggle with.

However I’m nothing if not persistent, so will always try a Monastrell if it’s on offer just in case it proves to be the exception to the rule. And at last it happened with the fourth wine from the Levante tasting at Madrid & Darracott.

The Selecto Crianza wine from the Bodegas Carchelo cellars is a blend of Monastrell with Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine epitomises why blending is sometimes the only way. The Monastrell variety by itself can produce some seriously rough wine. Mix it with these other grapes and add some reasonable ageing in oak (12 months), then let it rest in the bottle for a few more years and you get a wine worthy of its 90 plus points.

It is an inky dark purple colour with a scent of dark mature fruits and alcohol. On tasting I could tell the usual bedfellows of high tannins, acidity and alcohol were there in this dry wine but it burst with dark fruit flavours and some earthy/Spicy tones. The blending and ageing worked so that no one element overwhelmed leaving a good wine with full body and a long finish.

I was so shocked I bought a bottle.

Name: Selecto Crianza
Colour: Red
Year: 2013
Grapes Monastrell 40%, Tempranillo 15%, Syrah 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%
Winery: Bodegas Carchelo
Country: Spain
Region: Jumilla
Quality Classification: Denominacion de Origin
Alcohol: 15%
Price: 15€