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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Jumilla, denominated wine region in the levante north of Murcia in central, southern Spain (see map under spain) producing mainly strong red wines. The climate is arid, with rainfall amounting to just 300 mm/11.7 in a year. The principal grape variety in this do is the red Monastrell (mourvèdre), which ripens in the summer temperatures of around 40 °C/104 °F to produce wines that can reach a natural alcoholic strength of 18%. Average yields of 12 to 15 hl/ha (0.7–0.8 tons/acre) have been uneconomically low, but more recent planting of grafted vines has improved prospects.