The Jumilla DO, in the heart of Murcia and deep into southern Spain, managed to avoid the phylloxera plague in the 19th century where it became an important Spanish and international wine region. It is the home of the Monastrell (Mourvèdre) variety and as the land transitions from the Mediterranean coast to the central Spanish plains, the vines ripen easily, giving punchy powerful black fruit, big tannins and high alcohol. The climate is most definitely continental with very little rainfall through the year, yet tempered somewhat by the Mediterranean and altitude further inland. 30 years ago much of the land under vines was uprooted and replanted to make way for international varieties which grow well and are often used in blends. Casa de la Ermita is a French “château” style house in the heart of baking hot Jumilla.
Casa de la Ermita Seleccion Rey is rich, with notes of glossy dark plums and violets on the nose. Upfront it is big, perfumed and concentrated, with greener eucalyptus and tarragon notes that follow. Soft juicy blackberry, black cherry, and cherry pith are met with ripe, sweet tannins. It is dense and mouth filling yet in a way still light. Sweet spice, chocolate and cloves on the finish. Pair with duck or ragu.