The second most planted black variety in its native Spain, where it is known as Monastrell. One of the greatest of the hot-weather varieties that grow throughout the Mediterranean region. The Mourvèdre buds very late and ripens even later, sometimes not until the 2nd or 3rd week of October. Adaptable to many soil types but only in the warmest of climates, Mourvèdre produces small, thick-skinned grapes that have high amounts of potential alcohol, tannins and flavor when ripe. Now currently enjoying a resurgence in southern France and Spain after a drop in production during the 2nd half of the 20th century. Wines from the Mourvèdre have notes of rich blackberries, pepper, leather and fresh herbs. When underripe the herby notes can overpower the fruit and lead to tea-like flavors.
Monastrell grows throughout Spain but most notably the southern areas of Alicante, Jumilla and Yecla. Popular in the southern Rhône, Provence and the Languedoc-Roussillon areas of France where it is used to strengthen Grenache and Cinsault. Particularly good in the Provençal region of Bandol where it makes up at least 50% of the excellent reds and roses. Also known as Mataro in Australia and the U.S. where it is experiencing a surge in popularity that coincides with the surge of Rhône-style wines.