Altos de Luzon Organic Monastrell Bodegas Luzon 2020

Country
Spain
Region
Jumilla
Producer
Bodegas Luzon
Grape(s)
Monastrell (100%)
Type
Red
Style
Smooth
Oaked Style
Oaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content
14.5%
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
Organic
Sustainable
Yes-certified sustainable
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
Yes
Vegan
Yes
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
No
Egg
No

Region

A relatively young Denominación de Origen, D.O. Jumilla was only established as an official wine-growing region in 1996. Since that time it has gone through various regulatory changes, although the biggest single impact on the quality of the region’s wines came a few years earlier, following the phylloxera attack of 1989. After much of the region`s winelands were obliterated, many vineyards were replanted to produce lighter, more approachable Monastrell wines, suitable for a more international palate.

Producer

Bodegas Luzon takes its name from founder Don Jose de Molina who was a commander in the Royal Armies stationed in the Philippines in the 1800s. He named the property in honour of the island where he spent many years, and which always remained in his memory. In 2004 The Bodegas was acquired by the Fuertes family who have adapted the business to commit to more modern principles, starting with their sustainable responsibility. This started in the vineyards and water waste management, moving to organic viticulture and dry farming. Now with a total of 415 hectares Luzon are devoted to maintaining the quality and traditions of this DOP, whilst moving towards a greener future.
Tasting Notes
This powerful wine is hand selected from the ‘La Melera’ vineyard which is a single plot of 43-year-old bush vines. These very old vines are all dry farmed at an altitude of 675 meters. This wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and transferred into barrel to age for 12 months, 50% of this is in French oak and 50% American, first and second fill. This wine has a rich meaty nose with savoury spices, black fruit, pepper, and chocolate. The body has fantastic structure from creamy smooth tannins an energetic acidity, and a long lasting finish.
Food
Ideal with heavier meat dishes such as stews, roasts and finer cuts of meat.