I’d like to be able to write today that I feel rejuvenated after my short break but I can’t. If I could think straight through my “cotton-woolly” head, I reckon that I’m a bit mentally refreshed. Physically however I am feeling very sorry for myself. You see, I have the ‘flu. I know it is the ‘flu as nearly every bit of me aches and I can’t breathe through my nose, I have a hacking cough, and keep having hot sweats…
Anyway, enough of my health. How are you? In good fettle and looking for good value wines I hope. Here’s my latest suggestion – El Tesoro Monastrell Shiraz 2011 – which I tried last week when my palate was working!
The producers of any wine they call “the treasure” must have a great deal of vinous confidence, especially at this price – less than a fiver. Bodegas Juan Gil are the makers and are Monastrell a.k.a Mourvèdre specialists based in Jumilla, in southern Spain. Some of their other wines are made from 100% of their signature variety. El Tesoro has 25% Shiraz in the blend.
The wine is a deep, brooding ruby colour and smells of dark plums and black cherries mingled with sweet spice. The flavours are black cherry at first but then evolve into something savoury, almost meaty and then go a bit chocolately. Look out for a peppery finish with smooth tannins as well. There’s quite a lot going on here.
The alcohol level is a pretty hefty 14% but this doesn’t stand out. You could have a glass on its own but I thought sausages and barbecue.
El Tesoro Monastrell Shiraz 2011 is available from The Wine Society and costs £4.95. Quite a treasure I think you’ll find.
I’m off to have (another) lie down!
W.O.W. Factor 7