Bodegas Olivares, Olivares Dulce Monastrell

Olivares Dulce Monastrell 2011

Bodegas Olivares

Olivares' Monastrell Dulce is a rich, complex, moreish sweet red dessert wine from southern Spain. The Dulce is the ultimate expression of Monastrell, with tremendous concentration, persistence and balance. A real treat, especially if you have never tried this style before, and a great alternative to Port.

Prior to 1998, Olivares sold bulk red table wines, but each year they made this delicious Dulce for their own consumption – yielding from just a few hectares of late-picked vines – where morning fogs cause botrytis to form, concentrating and intensifying the sugars, while giving the juice a honeyed richness.

Even in average vintages, these vines achieve wonderful ripeness. But, in favoured years the results are spectacular, as Spain’s top sommelier found out on a visit, urging owner Paco Selva to release it commercially.

Tasting Note

Brimming with wonderful black fruit flavours, figs and dates. So concentrated and intense. Soft, smooth and warming with chocolaty tannins. A real after dinner treat.

Wine details

Winemaker Pascual Olivares
Style Late harvest sweet red wine
Varieties Monastrell
Region D.O. Jumilla
Alcohol Content 16% Vol.
Bottles/case 12

Critical Acclaim

Produced with fruit from ungrafted, 50-year-old Monastrell vines that were hand-harvested in late October/early November, the wine starts fermenting with indigenous yeast and fortified to stop fermentation. It's bottled completely unoaked the June after the harvest and aged for two years in bottle before being sold. It has a complex nose of black olives, tomato vine and balsamic herbs. The palate is sweet but keeps fluid...

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