Test Your Wine Knowledge
Which wine best fits this description: Typically used in a blend, has strong structure and notes of blackberries and, if not properly handled, can be gamey?
E) D and B
F) All of the above
F) All of the above.
Mourvèdre, the most common name, is the M in GSM (Grenache, Syrah & Mourvèdre-a Typical blend in the south of France). In music terms, it gives the bass and structure to the lighter Grenache but is softer than Syrah. The melodic bridge, if you will. In the hands of good winemakers, it’s capable of aging well, because of the strong structure and intense fruit. In Spain, where it can be called Monastrell, Morrastel or Morastell, it’s widely planted next to Grenache and is the main grape in areas such as Alicante, Jumilla and Valencia. In the new world, and sometimes in France and in Spain, it is referred to as Mataro. Mataro can be found in Australia and California.