Mourvèdre Grape Variety
Mourvèdre is a common blending partner of Syrah and Grenache. In Spain it is known as Monastrell and in Australia and California it can also appear under the name Mataro.
Mourvèdre's heartland in France is Bandol, where it reigns supreme in the red blends and yielding a savoury, gamey, herby wine. It also commonly features in Southern Rhône, Languedoc & Rousillon blends.
The grape needs a warm climate to ripen fully. Its stronghold in Spain are the appellations along the south-east Mediterranean, where it produces rosé, dry red and sweet fortified wines.