CASE/BOTTLE SIZE 6 x 75cl
REGION/COUNTRY Yecla, Murcia, Spain
GRAPE 100% Monastrell
WINEMAKER Mariano López, Bodegas Castaño
The Castaño family owns over 410 hectares of vineyards in the Yecla DO in south-eastern Spain. 80% of these vineyards are planted with the native Monastrell variety. For several generations, Bodegas Castaño has been a pioneer in this region and has come to symbolise the best of what southern Spain has to offer: rich, warm climate wines made from grapes grown at altitude, resulting in wines of great character and finesse.
The Monastrell grapes are grown on non-irrigated bush and trellis vines in the Las Gruesas and Pozuelo vineyards respectively. The altitude of both vineyards is 750 metres above sea level and the vines have a North-South orientation with an average age of over 30 years. Soils here are limestone with a planting density of 1,600 vines per hectare in Las Gruesas and 2,777 vines per hectare in Pozuelo.
2018 was a complex year with a generally cold, wet spring delaying budbreak and the damp weather during flowering leading to higher than usual incidences of mildew in the vineyard. Early summer was initially rainy, but a hot August allowed the vines to catch up and ripening occurred gradually through the cooler than usual September which helped the grapes achieve great balance and flavour. Generally, the 2018 vintage was a generous harvest producing fresh wines with lower alcohols than recent years.
The grapes were vinified traditionally and macerated for 10 days before fermentation at 28ºC. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks where the wine remained until bottling.
This wine is deep ruby red in colour with violet highlights. On the nose, there are aromas of ripe plum, blueberries and raspberries. On the palate, it is well-balanced with notes of toast and sweet spice. Though rich, it is fresh and pleasantly fruity on the palate with a lifted finish.