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Mourvèdre

This variety is almost certainly of Catalonian or Spanish origin. Some of its names are revealing; there is not only a town close to Valencia called Murviedro, but also a town in Cataluña of the name Mataro (which is one the variety's synonyms). Given this, it indeed seems strange that its principal name is of French derivation. 

Since its liquorice flavouring lends potency and attractive colour to the wines of this grape, it is popular across southern France and Spain for use in blends.

This variety is almost certainly of Catalonian or Spanish origin. Some of its names are revealing; there is not only a town close to Valencia called Murviedro, but also a town in Cataluña of the name Mataro (which is one the variety's synonyms). Given this, it indeed seems strange that its principal name is of French derivation. 

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Key Regions

Spain (particularly in the eastern peninsula where it is the main grape variety), France (southern Rhône Valley; Languedoc-Roussillon), Australia (the Barossa Valley) and California

Climate Suitability

This variety is most suited to warm/hot martime climates, which enable it to ripen completely. It has more trouble doing so in France, where the climate is cooler, and it is only really in the south of this country that the weather is warm enough for this vine's cultivation. If indeed the conditions are warm, this sturdy vine is capable of flourishing in a variety of soil types. In such conditions it is also usually able to withstand the threat of downy and powdery mildews, to which it is much more vulnerable in cooler climates.

Colour and Flavours

This vine produces striking deep red wines of great power. The flavours tend to vary considerably, depending on where the grapes are grown. However, they are characteristically coarse, earthy and gamey when young, and then mellow with age to develop flavours and aromas of spices, herbs and black fruits.

Synonyms

Monastrell and Morastell (Spain); Balzac, Espar, Estrangle-Chien, Flouron, Flouroux, Morvède, Mourvedon, Mourvès, Négron, Spar and Tire-Droit (France); Mataró (the New World, Portugal and the Pyrénèes-Orientales) and Esparte (an old Australian name).

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  1. Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe

    Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe, 2008 75cl

    Very grippy style, with lots of sweet, spicy tobacco, braised chestnut notes weaving through a core of dark currant and fig fruit. There's a nice twinge of lavender on the structured finish.

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  2. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château la Nerthe

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château la Nerthe, 2009 75cl

    An elegant wine with a silky texture of raspberries and plums. This 2009 vintage is just about starting to open up. Its full bodied character is rich and seductive and is one to watch evolve over the next few years.

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  3. Gigondas, Cuvée Prestige Domaine Grand Romane

    Gigondas, Cuvée Prestige Domaine Grand Romane, 2012 75cl

    Ruby purple in colour with ground pepper, black currant, cherries and loamy soil aromatic undertones. It is a deeply full-bodied and powerful Gigondas.

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  4. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Télégramme F D Brunier

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Télégramme F D Brunier, 2014 75cl

    This is a deep, rich, luscious wine which is soft and plummy on the palate and exhibits hints of spice and leather. The taninns are ripe but fairly gentle and the finish is long and complex. 

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  5. Cotes du Rhone Villages, Plan de Dieu, Frederick Reverdy

    Côtes du Rhône Villages, Plan de Dieu, Frederick Reverdy, 2015 75cl

    A lovely medium bodied expression from the Southern Rhone.  The nose is reminiscent of the surrounding garrigue (scrubland), with scents of thyme and bay laurel. These aromas continue on to the palate and are joined by deep black fruits.

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  6. Côtes du Rhône, Vieilles Vignes Les Corteaux du Rhone

    Côtes du Rhône, Vieilles Vignes Les Coteaux du Rhone, 2015 75cl

    Typical, straight forward Cote du Rhone with the classic fresh fruit character which is supported by peppery notes.

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  7. Mitchell Grenache Sangiovese Mourvedre, Clare Valley, 2010

    Mitchell Grenache Sangiovese Mourvedre, Clare Valley, 2010 75cl

    Made from an unusual blend of grapes not widely found in Australia this wine shouts blackberry fruits, this wine has a soft yet spicy, smooth, lingering finish.

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  8. In Situ Signature Syrah Mourvedre Viognier, Aconcagua

    In Situ Signature Syrah Mourvedre Viognier, Aconcagua, 2014 75cl

    A well rounded wine that balances spice with blueberry fruit character and firm tannin. The oak brings vanilla to equation making for a deep and exciting palate.

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  9. Hannibal, Bouchard Finlayson, 2013

    Hannibal, Bouchard Finlayson, 2013 75cl

    Aromas of wild berry are well supported by a rich and full palate that has plenty of spicy character. The finish is deep, bringing hints of leather to a complex and rewarding wine.

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  10. Meerestein Shiraz Mourvedre, Swartland

    Meerestein Shiraz Mourvedre, Swartland, 2014 75cl

    One could argue that this wine ouzes Rhone style quaility, but I dare say the french may disagree. This wine has a delcious bright raspberry and crushed blackcurrant character with a rich almost almond like finish.

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  11. Pictus Painted Wolf, Swartland, 2010

    Pictus Painted Wolf, Swartland, 2010 75cl

    This is a rich full bodied wine which combines charm with power it shows red berry and spice on both the nose and palate and has a long polished finish.

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