Monday, 17 October 2011

Greenstone Monastrell 2008

Having been to Heathcote earlier this year, my eyes were opened up to the wonders of this region. This is another example of how impressive this little pocket of the world is.

Greenstone is a winery I have read and heard much about and I was fortunate enough to stumble across this last week ($32) when searching for something in the bottle shop to wash down our Italian at the restaurant next door.

Monastrell has a few guises and is also known as Mataro or Mourvedre.

A nose of rich dark fruits with some herby characteristics. There were earthy tones too which followed through to the palate. Excellent length which developed in complexity over the thirty minute period it was open. Extended time in a decanter will further enhance it no question. There was some gorgeous spice on the palate which was rounded off by some juicy tannins. Acid came more to the fore as time went on too and tickled the palate gently.

A beautiful food match and I walked away impressed. Serious yum factor!