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Mediterranean Diet : Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Wine

We now include wine in our portfolio simply because both extra virgin olive oil and wine are rich in antioxidants. They also complement each other to form part of the Mediterranean diet, which is one of the healthiest diets

Over the last three decades accumulating evidence has confirmed that Mediterranean diet helps keep our heart and brain healthy. This diet plan is built around plant-based foods and extra virgin olive oil, and often suggests moderate consumption of dairy products and limited intake of red meat.

Other important elements of the Mediterranean diet are sharing meals with family and friends, enjoying a glass of wine, and being physically active.

Life is full of choices. We can always live a healthier and happier lifestyle if we opt for a more relax diet regime and focus more on what and what not to eat in our everyday diet plan. We can certainly do so with Juan Gil wines, if we consciously drink in moderation, drink in balance between health and enjoyment, and as much as possible drink together with our loved one.

Sourcing Methodology

We source our wines just like we do for our extra virgin olive oil – only the best and those that we love to consume ourselves are considered.

Juan Gil Wines
Credit: Ibérica Restaurants. From the left, Juan Gil Yellow Label, Juan Gil Blanco & Juan Gil Silver Label.

JUAN GIL WINES

These are Spanish wines – tasty and healthy.

Specifically, Juan Gil wines are produced in Jumilla located in the north east of Murcia, a town in southeastern Spain. The wineries in this small town are famous for producing excellent wines. Juan Gil winery is one of them.

Juan Gil Yellow and Silver Label are two red wines produced from 100% Monastrell grape variety. Some wine critics have praised these wines as the best expressions of the Monastrell.

While the premium red wine, Juan Gil Blue Label, is produced from low-yielding, old vine, Monastrell, plus additional Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. This premium wine is powerful without losing that velvety character.

Juan Gil Blanco, a young and dry white wine, is produced from Moscatel grapes.

VISION

Bodegas Juan Gil is established in 1916. The Gil family celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016.

The current generation of the Gil family has set a clear vision and made a strong commitment to crafting high quality wines with great quality-to-price ratio.

OLD VINEYARDS

Juan Gil vineyards is more than 40 years old. The oldest Monastrell vines are between 85 and 90 years old, and their fruit is used to create the top-of-the-range products.

The vineyards are planted at an altitude between 700 and 850 meters on sandy, chalky, and stony soils, which are very poor in nutrients.

The climate is extremely dry, with virtually no rainfall throughout the year, and a long cold winter. Day-to-night temperature fluctuation is in the range of 25°C .

This kind of climate and soils are ideal for the growing of the Monastrell grape variety, and for that reason the characteristics make Juan Gil wines interesting and unique.

We have also noted that Juan Gil rarely uses pesticides and herbicides to care for its vineyards. They don’t have to as the grapes are happily grown in this kind of environment, climate and soils, with little or no disturbance from herbivores and pathogens.

PROCESS

The harvest is done manually from early August to late November. The grape is macerated and fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature.

After malolactic fermentation and ageing of 4, 12 or 18 months in French and/or American oak, it is remained in stainless steel tanks until bottling.

WINERY

High technology is employed to control the temperature, hygiene and quality of the wines. It also uses technology to monitor the vineyards all year round to ensure excellent crops are harvested to produce the top quality wines at all times.

The winery is set right in the heart of the vineyards so that the harvested fruit does not have to travel far to the winery – this will prevent temperature fluctuations and retain the grapes’ natural aromas and freshness.

Juan Gil Blanco : White Wine.

CHARACTERISTICS

Juan Gil wines are very expressive and powerful. They are known for full-bodied, round, smooth with soft textures and easy-to-drink style.

Various wine critics have rated Juan Gil wines highly. Some feedbacks include but not limited to the following:

  • Very bold, fruity, and oaky.
  • Very powerful Monastrell.
  • It is a full bodied red, clear flavours, and good balance.
  • An increasing aromatic intensity towards the end and has such a rich aftertaste.

FOOD PAIRING

Juan Gil wines are smooth, and the acidity and tannins are so integrated and soft that we can drink it by itself. The wines certainly taste better with food.

WINES

Juan Gil wines are known for its amazing quality-to-price ratio.

Juan Gil Silver Label: A complex wine with great appeal, concentration and length. Produced from 100% Monastrell grapes with powerful aromas of baked strawberry, blackberry and a hint of chocolate. Spice and cedar are layered with juicy ripe plum. Full, ripe fruit and supple tannins balanced by fresh acidity.

This wine is among the top 10 most highly rated Jumilla wines. It is also ranked in the top 10 for number of awards won among wines from this region. It is worth every penny, no matter the vintage. Ideal for paella or risotto, meat stews or aged manchego.

Juan Gil Blue Label: A limited production premium red wine, it is produced from a blend of Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes. An opulent nose of ripe black fruits, spice and balsamic notes. The palate is complex and concentrated, rich and full with mocha, cherry, plum and chocolate characters, yet backed by rounded tannins and fresh acidity. Juan Gil Blue Label is a highly acclaimed wine from various critics. Critics have scored this wine as one of the top 5 Jumilla wines. Pair with rich pasta ragu or roast meats.

Juan Gil Yellow Label: Aged in French and American oak barrels for 4 months, it is produced from 100% Monastrell grapes. Powerful in nose, clean and complex, which has rich plum and blackcurrant pastille characters, with delicate vanilla spice and cedar. The palate is ripe, smooth and opulent with layers of pure blackcurrant, juicy blackberry, lush spicy plum and cherry fruit, minerality and fine tannins on the very long finish. It is a red wine that vintage after vintage throws hundreds of wine enthusiasts off course. Perfect for hearty meat and vegetable stews, rustic sausages, grilled meat.

Juan Gil Blanco: A young and dry white wine made from the Moscatel grape variety. Aromatic fresh peach and lychee aromas – backed by notes of jasmine and white spice. The palate is soft and textured – with stone fruit and balancing acidity. Perfect with fish and seafood.

Mediterranean Diet & WINE

Wine is rich in antioxidants, just like extra virgin olive oil. Scientific studies have shown that the compound in wine called resveratrol is linked to having anti-ageing properties and may lead to a longer lifespan.

The key to good health is to enjoy life – It is all about drinking wine in moderation, in balance and enjoying a glass of wine with our loved one, besides watching our everyday diet carefully.

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