Moreish Monastrell It’s cold out there and it’s set to get colder! Why not cosy up in front of the fire this week with a glass of ‘La Sonadora’ Monastrell(aka Mouvedre)? Made by Irish wine producer Simon Tyrrell, these grapes come from a single vineyard of higher altitude in Yecla, deep in the Spanish South. Higher altitudes, especially in such hot conditions, help to retain freshness in the wine and allow the grapes to ripen slowly avoiding jammy notes.

We were blown away by this when our friends from Tindall’s brought it in for tasting. The aroma of black and blue fruit is pronounced reminding me of Malbec. To taste, it is medium in weight with bright fruit coming through, followed by liquorice and black crushed pepper. The texture is smooth, the tannins fine but present. Drink with red meat and pepper sauce or for a vegetarian option, the fruit would hold up well to fresh goats cheese - perhaps a goat’s cheese and caramelised onion tart.