WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - Low,
Tannin - High,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Blackberry, Plum, Leather

Mourvèdre, also known as Monastrell in Spain, is a red wine grape variety known for its bold flavors, deep color, and firm tannins. Originating from Spain, it has spread to other regions such as France and Australia, where it thrives in warm, dry climates.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Mourvèdre wines typically offer flavors of dark fruits like blackberry and plum, complemented by earthy notes of leather and tobacco. They often exhibit a meaty or gamey character, with hints of spices such as black pepper and clove. Aromas range from dark fruits to savory elements like herbs and forest floor.

Cool vs. Warm Climate

In cool climates, Mourvèdre tends to produce wines with higher acidity, showcasing brighter fruit flavors and more pronounced herbal and floral aromatics.

In warm climates, particularly in regions like Provence and South Australia, it ripens fully, resulting in richer fruit flavors, softer tannins, and a fuller body.

Appellations / Producers of Note

Key regions for Mourvèdre include:

  • France: Particularly in Provence, Bandol (AOC), and Languedoc-Roussillon.
  • Spain: Mainly in the regions of Jumilla, Yecla, and Alicante under the Monastrell name.
  • Australia: McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley.

Notable producers:

  • Domaine Tempier (France)
  • Bodegas El Nido (Spain)
  • Mollydooker Wines (Australia)


Mourvèdre wines are known for their aging potential. While enjoyable when young for their fruit-forward characteristics, they develop greater complexity with age, gaining tertiary flavors of leather, tobacco, and earthy notes. Premium examples can age gracefully for 10-20 years or more, depending on the vintage and winemaking style.

First Published: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 Last updated: Jun 10, 2024

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