In a nutshell: A complex, yet approachable old vine, low yielding Bobal from eastern Spain.
The lowdown: A cracking example of Valencia's local grape. The soils of the area are poor quality chalk and clay and this, combined with the long hours of sunshine and low night-time temperatures result in low quantity, but high quality yields. It has dark fruit and spice on the nose followed by bright red fruits, cedar and pepper spice and good, grippy tannins.
When to drink: A wine to go with hearty red meat dishes, game, and cold meats.
Bodegas Murviedro was founded near Valencia in 1927, as the Spanish subsidiary of the Swiss Schenk Group, and has grown to become one of the most important wineries in the region. Head winemaker Victor Marqués is responsible for maintaining the high standards they've achieved.
They have access to a wide range of both indigenous and international varieties, and produce a broad portfolio of wine styles. The company's philosophy is based on combining the modern winemaking techniques with grapes from traditional vineyards - to meet the highest international quality standards, while maintaining their Spanish character and originality.