Tarima Hill

100% Monastrell

D.O. Alicante

Vintage:  Characterised by extreme drought, with average rainfall less than 153.6 litres per metre squared and the microclimate of the region with an altitude of 650 to 750 metres and shallow dry soil which is poor in organic material and full of limestone rocks. Humidity from the Mediterranean breezes.

Vineyard: Created from grapes from multiple vineyards located in towns throughout the Vinalopo region: Pinoso, Salinas, El Maña, Monover. Planted in the low system between 1935 and 1970 when unirrigated traditional viticulture produced 1.5 kg per plant.

Production: The harvest is adapted to the optimal moment of ripening of the grapes, which is usually during the first days of Autumn. Native yeasts. Malolactic fermentation in barrels followed by 14 months in French barrels.

Analysis: Cherry colour with a hint of intense ruby. In the nose mature fruit, raspberries, blueberries, spices, hints of balsamic and notes of flowers. Tasty in the mouth, balanced and full-bodied. Long finish

Accompaniment: Recommended with red meat, game, roast meat, rice, cured cheeses, blue cheeses

Latest Prizes

Jeb Dunnuck: 93 points Tarima Hill 2015.
J. Raynolds - Vinous: 89 points.Tarima Hill 2015.
Wine Spectator 2017: Nº 17 of the Top 100
R. Parker Wine Advocate: 92 points Tarima Hill 2014.
Guía Peñín 2017: 92 points Tarima Hill 2015.

DO Alicante

Alicante wines have been awarded numerous national and international awards, and they are highly rated by wine experts. Over time, various Iberian settlements, Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs as well as Christians have contributed to the historical background and experience of this D.O. (designation of origin) which spans thousands of years.

Archaeological finds have disinterred ancient villas, wine amphoras, jugs, utensils as well as other amphora remains. In 1510, King Ferdinand the Catholic banned the distribution of wines from other territories. Orihuela, Jijona, Monforte and Novelda were at that time high yielding wine producers.

According to the D. O. Alicante Regulatory Council, there are 44 wineries spread across an area of 14,613 hectares of vineyards situated on both sides of the Vinalopó River in Alicante province.

The province of Alicante produces: 

  • White varieties – Chardonnay, Macabeo, Meseguera, Moscatel of Alexandria, Sauvignon Blanc, Planta Fina and Verdil.
  • And red varieties – Garnacha Tinta, Garnacha Tintorera, Monastrell, Tempranillo, Bobal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Noir and Shyra.

Wines produced in Alicante include young, white, rosé and red (with an indication of the vintage on the label), harvest, aged (aged for 24 months), reserve (aged for 36 months) and grand reserve (aged for 42 months), mature wines and muscatel wines produced in the Marina area from the Moscatel of Alexandria grape variety, as well as the internationally renowned Fondillón made from the Monastrell grape. Aged wines must be at least two calendar years old.