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Mourvedre

Mourvedre (Monastrell in its native Spain, Mataro in Australia and California) is a black-skinned variety that has been grown in vineyards all around the western Mediterranean for centuries. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is now grown extensively throughout the Iberian Peninsula, southern France, California and South Australia.

In Spain, modern viticultural fashions have shifted the focus towards Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, though Monastrell is regaining some of its former importance. At one time it was the second most planted red wine variety in Spain (behind Garnacha). Spanish Monastrell wines tend to be rich, dark affairs, frequently showing flavors of blackberry and black cherry.

Synonyms include: Monastrell, Mataro, Esparte, Etrangle-Chien.

Food matches for Muscat include:

  • Braised ox-tail stew
  • Milk-fed veal with baba ghanoush
  • Baked eggplants stuffed with lamb mince

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