I expected a New World shaped oak monster but this Monastrell is far from that. It nods to Barolo, dare I say, such as the savoury style. Ripe, generous, mouth filling, but unforced and not sweet. Lovely, subtle gamey edge to the carob and dark chocolate, almost red fruited nose. A smooth palate with proper, firm tannins. It has more concentration than sub-10 Euro Monastrells, but what really sets this apart is the finish – it’s so rare that a red wine exhibits increasing aromatic intensity towards the end and has such a rich aftertaste. This isn’t a mid-range wine as the price suggests, but a serious, outstanding one.