Bodegas La Purisima 'Old Hands' Roble Monastrell 2018
This delicious Monastrell (aka Mourvedre) is made by Bodegas La Purisima in the small region of Yecla in south east Spain. After fermentation, the wine is kept in oak barrels for four months. The oak imparts flavours that go perfectly with slightly spicy notes of the Monastrell variety. Aromas of dried figs, chocolate and mocha jump out on the nose along with some aromatic herbs, which naturally grow in the sunny hills that surround the organic vineyards of La Purisima.
Bodegas La Purisima is a superb co-operative based in Yecla, South East Spain, due west of a small, tranquil, traditional Spanish seaside resort called Benidorm. It was formed in 1946 by a handful of farmers who joined forces to improve the quality of the wines from the region. Their hard work paid off in 1975 when the region of Yecla was finally awarded DO status, putting it on par with the other quality wine regions of Spain. They are a big operation now with over 3000 hectares under vine (60% of the regions vines) but they are modern, youthful and experiential (They are led by a women obviously!) in their approach with lovely bottle presentation and large areas farmed organically. Most importantly, their wines are brilliant and offer lovely fruit driven wines from two lesser known grape varieties – Macabeo and Monastrell.