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Wine: Hanover Park Mourvedre

Hanover Park Mourvedre

Hanover Park Mourvedre

Mourvedre is one of those little heard of wine grapes, but most people have tried it blended into other wines. While it can be found as a stand alone varietal, that is somewhat uncommon. However, one of my “Top 10 NC Wineries” produces this little grape and produces it as a varietal wine! Hanover Park is the only NC winery that I am currently aware of that grows and produces mourvedre. Now, in my opinion mourvedre is a kissing cousin to pinot noir, which will not grow well in the humidity and heat that most of NC experiences.

Mourvedre tends to show visually with translucent hues of ruby to pink, be careful in selecting a bottle of mourvedre that the wine isn’t clouded, but crystal clear- even if you have to shine a little flashlight in the base of the bottle to check this. (Cloudy mourvedre from any producer will have an off putting earthiness to it. ) Pouring your first glass, the wine will appear a bit thin to the eye and as you swirl this wine it will release aromatics of raspberries, bright red cherries, and light minerality. On the fore of the tongue, the acid will shine through with light raspberries giving way to bright red bing cherry flavors across the mid-palate. As you swallow, a hint of cocoa will reveal itself while you’re still savoring those bright cherries and light minerality that has been tamed with age and finesse by the winemaker.

My prized pairing with Hanover Park’s Mourvedre tends to be a spicy dish such as noodles tossed in a srirache-ginger dressing, the fruit flavors tend to stand up and be enhanced with spiciness, Amy Helton, one of the owners isn’t a fan of spicy foods and she tends to use lots of aromatic herbs in lamb to pair with their mourvedre… and both styles of pairing are simply grand with this wine.

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