Mourvèdre is a late-ripening, darkly coloured, thick-skinned grape found in South of France, in Spain under the name Monastrell and in Australia and California under Mataro. In France, Mourvèdre is commonly used in both Provence and the Southern Rhône Valley, where it is a usual component in Cotes du Rhone and the legendary Châteauneuf-du-Pape blends. It is sometimes used to produce dessert fortified red wines in Languedoc-Roussillon region. The grape needs a hot climate to ripen fully. Its stronghold in Spain is the appellations adjacent the south-east Mediterranean - Murcia, Jumilla and Bullas, where it produces rosé, dry red and sweet fortified wines. Monastrell has played a significant part in Spain’s wine heritage, and it produces wines that are deep in colour and highly tannic, sometimes overbearing in their intensity and concentration.