EGO BODEGAS, A YOUNG, SAAVY PRODUCER, has 25 hectares of bush-trained vines in the promising Murcian DO of Jumilla, in south-east Spain. The growing season here is dependably hot, dry and brutal (temperatures of 40°C raise shrugs, not eyebrows) but a select few sun-loving varieties thrive under these conditions, including Monastrell, which makes up 80% of plantings.
Promesa Tempranillo 2012 INTRO. PRICE €7.99 (RRP €9.99)
Made in a youthful, lively style, this stainless-steel fermented Tempranillo shows attractive red fruit aromas, with a juicy, tangy palate of cherry, spice and plum. Easy going tannins and a lovely, fresh finish. Chill lightly and enjoy on its own or with canapés.
Ego Organic Monastrell 2012 INTRO. PRICE €10 (RRP €12.99)
Crafted from 25-year-old organic Monastrell vines, Ego is aged then for 2 months in American oak. Amply-satisfying red that boasts a lovely, caressing texture, layers of flavour and a voluptuous mouthfeel. Soft and generous, with distinct notes of overripe blackberry, chocolate, violet and scrubland thyme. Levante sunshine in a glass!
Goru 2012 INTRO. PRICE €10 (RRP €12.99)
Sumptuous blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Petit Verdot that is matured in American oak for 4 months. Warm and fleshy, with a big, inviting nose of blueberry pie, coffee and vanilla. The smooth, mouthfilling palate shows impressive grip and intensity, with notes of blackberry jam, clove and caramel. Great with Beef Wellington.
Marionette Shiraz-Monastrell 2012 INTRO. PRICE €10 (RRP €12.99)
Marionette – the puppet – is a cheeky blend that sees 3 months in American wood. A real comfort wine, it shows gorgeous spiced raspberry and grilled meat aromas. The full-bodied, fleshy palate is open and accessible, with sweet, round tannins and delicious berry and nutmeg flavours. Pair with hoisin duck wraps.
Fuerza 2009 INTRO. PRICE €14.99 (RRP €18.99)
Potent, suave blend of 75% Monastrell and 25% Cabernet that is aged for 11 months in new French oak. Attractive garnet colour, with a nose of blackberry jam, cinnamon and leather. The seamless palate is robust and weighty, with complex notes of soy sauce, chocolate and violets. Elaborate and sensuous red that ably demonstrates the heights of Jumilla