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JUMILLA WINE PROFILES
Traditional rich concentrated reds and new-wave, fresh, fruit-driven, consumer-friendly red, rosé and white wines
Whether at 350 or 800 metres, the whole appellation is subject to a strong Continental climatic influence, despite being only an hour’s drive from the Mediterranean coast. This produces diurnal temperature variation during the ripening period in September that can range from 30°C at mid-day to just 8°C at night. In Jumilla’s red wines, this results in high polyphenol levels, freshness of fruit flavour and good acidity.
Once known as a wine area producing powerful, concentrated, rich red wines, Jumilla has a new generation of producers that are focused on bringing out a fresher, sexier, more fruit-driven expression of Monastrell, along with consumer-friendly whites and rosés. Though the richer version of Jumilla red is still very much in demand, especially to accompany food, this new-wave profile of wine is proving versatile and popular across all generations.
Jumilla’s unoaked or lightly-oaked reds can be deliciously fruity and refreshing and offer surprising complexity and length on the palate.
These wines, particularly when young, display great aromatic expression, fruit character (black fruits, plums, cherries, strawberries and redcurrants) and deep colour (generally deep purple-red with a dark purple rim). On the palate, they have structure and power with lively but ripe tannins.
Wines aged in oak (either barriques or foudres) show elegant, well-integrated wood. They are generally flavoursome, fleshy, aromatic and complex. Premium red wines offer more complex notes with touches of liquorice and minerality, together with hints of mountain herbs or wild flowers.
Rosé wines are made mainly with the Monastrell variety, although a number of Jumilla wineries produce a Grenache rosé.
The grapes are pressed, followed by a short maceration in the juices. These wines have a clean and bright aspect with very attractive colour tones, such as pink, raspberry, cherry and purple. Their aromas are elegant, fruity, and floral and maintain varietal expression, while on the palate they are fleshy, flavoursome and fresh with a lingering finish.
Jumilla white wine profiles
The white wines have a bright appearance with many nuances of colour ranging from greenish-yellow to very pale yellow. The nose generally expresses fresh citrus fruits. The palate is vibrant with freshness, lightness and excellent balance.
Jumilla natural sweet wines and fortified reds
The natural sweet wines and fortified reds are high-quality traditional wines. The whites are deep, dense and brightly-coloured and express aromas of ripe fruit. On the palate, they reveal balanced acidity, good texture and great length of flavour. Monastrell Dulce, a great favourite locally, is a port- like red fortified wine with good tannic structure that harmoniously counterbalances the sweetness of the fruit.
Both single varieties and blends
While Monastrell excels as a single-varietal wine, it also blends well with other varieties. Depending on the winery, Monastrell is blended with either Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. But winemakers tend to agree that it’s as a soloist that Monastrell performs best.