Tasting done December 2020 (Singapore)
This wine comes from the Murcia region in South-East of Spain. The region is one of the main producer of Monastrell (also known as Mourvèdre (in France) or Mataro) in the country.
This bottle is from the Jumilla DOP (Denominación de Origen Protegida). This is the equivalent of the defined EU level PDO (Protected Designation of Origin).
It got classified as DOP in 1966.
The region was able to dodge the main phylloxera contamination in the 19th century. But it got infected in the late 80s with a considerable loss for the region.
But one of the main characteristics of the region is that there is still many pre-phylloxera vineyards and they can continue producing amazing wines from them.
The winery, Bodegas San Isidro (BSI), is a cooperative. It counts more than 400 winegrowers for about 3500 hectares of vineyards.
The weather in the region is coastal Mediterranean, with limited rain, cold winters (frequent frosts) and very hot summers (up to 40ºC).
This wine has the particularity to be made from pre-phylloxera vines (no American root stock). They are old vines (> 40 years). They have low yield and produce less than 1 kg of grapes.
It is a crianza red wine (has to minimally age for 1 year with at least 6 months in oak and 6 months in the bottle).
Gémina Cuvée Selección 2014
- Dry, Red wine, 14.5%
- Variety: Monastrell
- European pre-phylloxera vines
- Hand picked grapes from old vines (>40 years) with low yields
- 8 months in American and French oak barrels
- Color: dark purple tones
- On the nose: dark berries, leather, pepper, licorice
- On the palate: blackberries, dark chocolate, pepper