| The tasters make today the selection of finalist wines to be decided tomorrow | Today was the first day of tasting of the 26th Quality Contest, Dop Jumilla wines, which this year was held in Madrid, at the headquarters of the Spanish Wine Tasting Union, as an exceptional circumstance. Around 10:30 in the morning, a visit was received from the Director General of Food Industry of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of the Government of Spain, José Miguel Herrero Velasco, who greeted a small number of tasters at the headquarters of the UEC . The situation of a panel of wine tasting and service that must respect the security measures established by the anti-contagion protocol, together with an increase in the number of samples submitted to the contest, has determined a new style of scores that is developed in two rounds, with a semifinal, which took place today, and a final that will take place tomorrow, Thursday, July 16. From 9 in the morning, the tasters analyzed the different categories that have been submitted to this 26th edition of the DOP Jumilla Wine Quality Contest, distributed in three groups of four tasters each. The first group has tasted white and red wines with barrels vintage 2017 and earlier, of which they have selected 5 whites and 6 reds that will compete in the final phase that takes place tomorrow. The second group has tasted rosé and red wines without barrels for 2018 and 2019 vintages, while the third group tasted reds with barrels for 2018 and 2019 and aging. A total of 5 whites, 4 rosés, 6 reds without barrels, 6 reds with barrels, 6 reds with 2017 and earlier, 6 aging wines will be finalists and will join the wines of the reserve and sweet category for the final round. The panel, which is made up of sommeliers, journalists and wine critics based in Madrid, will award silver and gold medals to wines that have sufficient scores within their categories: White, Rosé, Reds made without contact with vintage wood 2018 and 2019, Reds made in contact with vintage wood 2018 and 2019, Reds made in contact with vintage wood 2017 and earlier, Crianza Reds, Reserve and Grand Reserve Reds, and sweet and liqueur wines. Thus, Raúl Revilla, sommelier from Zalacaín, Custodio Zamarra, master sommelier, Fernando Gurucharri, president of the Spanish Wine Tasting Union, Andrés Proensa, Director of Planeta Vino and Guía Proensa, Mara Sánchez, journalist and wine critic for various media, Raúl Serrano , Director of the tasting panel of the publication Vivir el Vino, Amaya Cervera, taster and director of Spanish Wine Lover, José Luis Casado, tasting director of the Sobremesa magazine, Jaime Bermúdez, director of Vinoselection, María José Huerta, sommelier at the Restaurant Paco Roncero from El Casino de Madrid, Antonio Candelas, editor in chief of the publication Mi Vino, and Paco Abellán, taster member of the UEC, will decide on the basis of their scores the award-winning wines of this 26 edition, which will be announced tomorrow , Thursday, July 16, once the tastings are finished. About the Dop Jumilla Wines Quality Contest The 2020 DOP Jumilla Wine Quality Contest celebrates its 26th edition in 2020, making it one of the oldest in Spain, recognized since its inception by the Ministry of Agriculture, to highlight the quality wines that are bottled in the Dop Jumilla . At present, this Contest is the reflection of the Jumilla PDO, since practically all the wineries of the Denomination participate on time.
Historical figures have been recorded in terms of samples presented by some thirty wineries, which, over two days of tasting, are examined by a panel of 12 expert tasters.
This fact endows the Contest with its own identity, as the tasting panel's judgment is an accurate reflection of the market's demands for quality. The main objective of this Contest is to highlight the quality elaborations of the Jumilla PDO and add prominence to the authentic queen of this territory, Monastrell, and organic cultivation, which in the Jumilla PDO represents practically the total production, therefore that one of the novelties of this 26 edition is the Special Mention for the Best Organic Wine, with which it seeks to reinforce the important production of organic wines of the Jumilla PDO.
Thus, a special mention will be given to the best rated organic wine of the Contest, while the two special mentions to Monastrell wines, made with and without contact with wood, vintages 2018 and 2019 are maintained. About the Protected Designation of Origin Jumilla The Protected Designation of Origin Jumilla has a winemaking tradition that dates back to the remains of vitis vinifera along with utensils and archaeological remains- found in Jumilla originating in the year 3,000 BC, being the oldest in Europe. The production area is delimited, on the one hand, by the extreme southeast of the province of Albacete, which includes the municipalities of Montealegre del Castillo, Fuente Álamo, Ontur, Hellín, Albatana and Tobarra; on the other, the north of the province of Murcia, with the municipality of Jumilla.
An area characterized by large valleys furrowed by mountain ranges of up to 1,380 m.
A total of 17,000 hectares of vineyard, mostly rainfed, cultivated in glass, and located on predominantly limestone soils, at altitudes ranging from 320 to 900 meters. The climate of this area is continental with influence from the Mediterranean.
The scarce rainfall that barely reaches 300 mm a year and the more than 3,000 hours of sun, favor the low incidence of pests and diseases, allowing a high percentage of organic cultivation. In the Jumilla PDO five kinds of wine are produced: red, rosé, white, sweet and liqueur wines, and the production of indigenous varieties prevails.
The Monastrell grape is the base for 70% of the wines produced in this Protected Designation of Origin.
Source: DOP Jumilla