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Daniel Alba Bodegas - 'La Maquina' Monastrell 2009

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"The 2009 is deep purple in colour. It has an intensely fruity nose with aromas of black plums, blackberries, red cherries and rich dark chocolate. On the well-structured palate there are flavours of cappuccino, dark chocolate,and sweet spice alongside of the fresh black fruits, toasty oak, tobacco and a touch of minerality. Finishes full of black fruits, toasted oak, and smooth supple tannins."

 

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Daniel Alba Bodegas

Daniel Alba Bodegas was set up by a Frenchman that was a trained winemaker working in Burgundy, yet had a passion for Spain and their red wines. The passion stems from his grandfather who is lucky enough to have been a grape grower of Mencia vines in the region of Bierzo. It is the very old (over a century) vines that Daniel inherited and is using now to produce his internationally acclaimed portfolio of wines.

 

 

--------THE GRAPE--------

Mouvèdre/Monastrell

Mouvèdre is the third grape in the famous Rhone Red Blend; GSM, that is so often replicated across the globe - most notably in Australia (where it is also known as Mataro). Whilst it is usually seen as a blend with Grenache and Syrah in France, it is made as a stunning single varietal wine in Bandol in the south of France as well as a rosé wine. It goes by the name of Monastrell in Spain where it produces rich red wines in the regions of Yecla and Jumilla. 


 

--------THE REGION--------

Yecla

Yecla is a region in the southeast of Spain in what is called 'The Levante'. Yecla's production is typified by full-bodied red wines. The leading grape varietal that makes up Yecla's speciality is Monastrell. It produces wines that are full in body and have rich, ripe black fruit flavours.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not lean with high acid.  Rather choose wines with some sweetness, fruit or viscosity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not big tannins but have lots of fruity flavours.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami-rich foods.  They will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are fruity and/or have higher sweetness levels.

Wines that are off-dry like many Gewürztraminers or Rieslings could work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you could consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help to cut down the perception of fattiness.  

These suggestions (there are no rules that apply to everyone) will help you to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that works well by cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity in a Pinot Noir. 

"The 2009 is deep purple in colour. It has an intensely fruity nose with aromas of black plums, blackberries, red cherries and rich dark chocolate. On the well-structured palate there are flavours of cappuccino, dark chocolate,and sweet spice alongside of the fresh black fruits, toasty oak, tobacco and a touch of minerality. Finishes full of black fruits, toasted oak, and smooth supple tannins."

 

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Daniel Alba Bodegas

Daniel Alba Bodegas was set up by a Frenchman that was a trained winemaker working in Burgundy, yet had a passion for Spain and their red wines. The passion stems from his grandfather who is lucky enough to have been a grape grower of Mencia vines in the region of Bierzo. It is the very old (over a century) vines that Daniel inherited and is using now to produce his internationally acclaimed portfolio of wines.

 

 

--------THE GRAPE--------

Mouvèdre/Monastrell

Mouvèdre is the third grape in the famous Rhone Red Blend; GSM, that is so often replicated across the globe - most notably in Australia (where it is also known as Mataro). Whilst it is usually seen as a blend with Grenache and Syrah in France, it is made as a stunning single varietal wine in Bandol in the south of France as well as a rosé wine. It goes by the name of Monastrell in Spain where it produces rich red wines in the regions of Yecla and Jumilla. 


 

--------THE REGION--------

Yecla

Yecla is a region in the southeast of Spain in what is called 'The Levante'. Yecla's production is typified by full-bodied red wines. The leading grape varietal that makes up Yecla's speciality is Monastrell. It produces wines that are full in body and have rich, ripe black fruit flavours.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not lean with high acid.  Rather choose wines with some sweetness, fruit or viscosity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not big tannins but have lots of fruity flavours.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami-rich foods.  They will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are fruity and/or have higher sweetness levels.

Wines that are off-dry like many Gewürztraminers or Rieslings could work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you could consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help to cut down the perception of fattiness.  

These suggestions (there are no rules that apply to everyone) will help you to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that works well by cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity in a Pinot Noir.