La Purisima is in the township of Yecla, which gives its name to the Denominacion de Origen, D.O. Yecla, about 1.5 hours inland, due west from Alicante. It’s also very high up, with vineyards as high as 1100m above sea level. Low crop, high levels of vineyard vigilance, organic growing techniques, picked in the cooler hours of the day (mornings) and packed into small crates, begins a process of meticulous winemaking. The grapes then go through several selection passes, followed by ‘must’ chilling and fermentation in stainless steel.
Made from a blend of Monastrell (aka Mouvedre) with Syrah and Tempranillo, this is a typical expression of a European rosé, dry and savoury, with relatively low alcohol content, an excellent food match.
The Monastrell’s dried fig and honey gives a pleasantly weird sweet-but-actually-not-sweet aspect. The palate is just great: really ace food pink, it’s flavoursome, but not cloying – plenty of palate space for the food to work in; fruitful but bone dry.