Juan Gil Etiqueta Plata2020
£16.00/ 0.75 L btl
A best-seller, is the best way to sum up this wine; when a wine from a region that's been undervalued for many years wins over so many consumers, you have to pay it some serious attention. Juan Gil Silver Label is intense in appearance, intense on the nose, and yet again on the palate, but also seductive and elegant in the three phases.
What does this wine taste like?
Violets, liquorice, fine toasty notes, balsamic hints, spicy touches, but above all else, fruit, tons of juicy ripe fruit, almost as though it were wild blackberry jam. A subtle trace of tobacco leaf and a delicate dash of coffee can be discerned in the background, however nothing overshadows the fruit, there first and foremost. The tannins are firm and somewhat dryish, yet they blend in perfectly overall. Just the right amount of acidity leads to a well-rounded finish, dominated by the Monastrell grape's sweetness and the oak's toasty nuances.
|Picota cherry red / Intense|
|Powerful / Ripe fruit|
|Balanced / Spicy notes / Long finish|
Drinking and storing
Meat rice dishes / Game dishes / Cured cheeses / Mushrooms
Ratings and awards
|2019||93 PK||16 JR||93 PN|
|2018||93 PK||93 PN|
|2017||92 PK||94 PN||90 SK|
|2016||91 PK||93 PN|
|2015||91+ PK||93 PN|
Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker
I really wanted to like this wine
I really wanted to like this wine. My first from Jumilla. But it didn't quite do it. Colour was promising, a deep red, releasing aromas of dark fruit. The first sip was confusing. The fruit wasn't to the fore like I expected. There was blackberry and a strong pepper taste but now what I'd calling refreshing or enjoyable. The aftertaste was the problem. This gets 4 stars on vivino but I'm not sure why. It's not for me.
A change of character!
We've been drinking this wine since 2008, as my wife loves it, and the overall taste didn't change a lot; easy going, smooth and a bit on the sweet side; just too much for me! it was never a problem to start drinking it right after a bottle was opened. So we did the same with the 2018, but were punished for that. It's far less sweet, more robust because of tannins, and we were left with some bitterness on the palet. We decided to decant the wine and left it for an hour or so. After that time we were rewarded with a smooth taste, body and were left with a very nice taste on the palet!
Great Monastrell from Jumilla
Introduced to Juan Gil and Monastrells from Jumilla a few years ago and been drinking them since. Actually went to visit Juan Gil and 2 others in the area in April. I have been buying the Silver Label since drinking it for the first time - even got some shipped back to the UK. Dark fruit, real depth. Good on tannins and smooth - so easy to drink and yet full bodied. Wow!
Great Friday night wine
This is a great quality jammy wine. Best drunk on Fridays to celebrate the weekend. Can be drunk straight from the bottle, but opening earlier enhances the smoothness. Good price for the quality. Jumilla wine is very underrated in the UK. Try it you will love it. If you think this is good the 18 month is even better, but you pay a premium for it.
Fond memories of sitting by the Mar Menor, outside my favourite bar, with a glass of this and a plate of arroz de conejo. Funnily enough, the bar & bodega owner is named Juan too, and this is his personal favourite from the area as well. Smooth and full of flavour, and consistent year after year. Lovely.
|Vinification material||Stainless steel|
|Ageing period||12 months|
|Type of wood||French oak|
|Vine age||50 years|
|Soil||Limestone / Stony|
|Climate||Continental with Mediterranean influence|
|Surface area||350.00 hectares|
Bodegas Juan Gil
The origins of Bodegas Juan Gil date back to 1916, when Juan Gil Jiménez built the winery. Today it's the fourth generation at the helm, combining traditional expertise with more contemporary equipment and knowledge. The present-day winery, which began operating in 2002, lies on very poor soils at an altitude of about 800 metres. The climate is extreme, with strong contrasts between day and night temperatures and rain practically non-existent. The stony sand and limestone...