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Los Frailes Monastrell Vino de Finca, 2020

  • Grape VarietyMonastrell
  • Appellation Valencia
  • Alcohol 14.5 %
  • Source Sourced Locally
  • CertifiedOrganic

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STORY BEHIND THIS WINE

The Velázquez family has owned Casa Los Frailes since 1771 - it is now in the hands of the 13th generation of the family. The estate, which covers 162 hectares of which 130 is under vine, was once a Jesuit friary. The remaining 32 hectares is made up of forest, almond and olive trees. It was the Jesuits who established the winery in the 17th century, building cellars and underground amphorae and making ceremonial wine. Against this historical backdrop it is no surprise that the Velázquez family see themselves not as owners, but as custodians of the land.

The winery is located in the Terres des Alforins valley, sandwiched between the mountains along the Mediterranean coast and the Meseta, the name given to the large and expansive flat plains of central Spain. Geologically the area is diverse, with a range of soil types including magnesium-rich dolomites, alluvial deposits, and yellow, white, and iron-rich limestones.

The dominance of hard limestone conserves water during the dry summer months and forces the bush vines’ roots to dig deep in search of water and nutrients. The Velázquez family's approach to farming is entirely holistic, following the biodynamic calendar, and they were one of the first certified organic wineries in Spain, certified in 2000. Cellar work is equally traditional, using centuries-old concrete vats. These are authentic, artisan wines made with a gentle touch and the utmost respect for the land.

OUR IMPRESSION

This wine is aptly described as a vin de plaisir, a fresh and easy-drinking pleasure with notes of dark fruit and black pepper But there is also a degree of complexity for this is a high-altitude wine with the fruit grown at an average height of 650 metres. Winemakers working with high elevation grapes believe that the often huge variation in temperatures between night and day slows the ripening process, helping grapes retain their vibrant, refreshing acidity. Those with a taste for Mourvèdre may find comfort in the fact that the Southern Rhone favourite and Monastrell are one and the same.

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