Jumilla is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) that splits the regions of Castile La Mancha and the Region of Murcia not far from Alicante in the south of Spain.
The region managed to escape the contamination of the phylloxera plague in the 19th century and so entered a period of economic expansion as wine merchants from France came in great numbers to buy wine. However, the phylloxera pest unexpectedly struck in 1989, devastating the vineyards and reducing production by 60%. Replanting and grafting was slow and expensive but allowed the region to adopt the new methods of grape growing and wine making. Jumilla is one of the oldest DO regions in Spain.
The climate is continental (long hot summers and cold winters), tempered by the closeness of the Mediterranean Sea. The area is very arid with low rainfall each year. The soils have good moisture retaining properties, which allows the vines to survive during periods of prolonged drought.
Monastrell is a red wine grape variety that is grown in many hot and arid regions around the world including the Rhône in France, and South Australia and New South Wales. Also known as Mourvèdre it is a prominent component in GSM blends where it is blended with Grenache and Syrah. A rich medium to full bodied red. Its smooth and earthy, bursting with sweet ripe black fruit, cherry, cassis and vanilla flavours. The wine is well balanced with strong tannin, good levels of alcohol, soft acidity and a hint of spice thanks to the oak aging that is common practice with top class Spanish red wine.