Country: Spain Region: Yecla
Vintage:2019 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Castaño Estate
2019 was hot and dry, in contrast to the previous year, with few
significant weather events to cause concern. Some wet and
windy conditions during flowering kept yields naturally to a modest
level, followed by an early summer heatwave. Much welcomed
September rain proved beneficial as harvest approached,
allowing steady vine development. Harvest lasted well into
October with favourable weather allowing them to bring in their
fruit gradually and at the optimum ripeness. Grapes were healthy
with modest bunch weights, boding well for intense colour and
Molino Loco is made by the Castaño family in Yecla and takes its
name from the windmill ('molino') that sits on the edge of the
vineyards where they produce their fruit. In contrast to other
windmills, which turn in windy conditions, this particular windmill is
"loco", the Spanish for crazy, as it turns only on calm, still days.
The vineyards are located at an altitude of 500 metres above sea
level. They are dry-farmed and the clay soil is poor, meaning that
the roots of the vines grow deep into the earth in their search for
minerals and nutrients. This helps to ensure healthy, ripe and
concentrated fruit. The Monastrell vineyards are over 18 years old,
while the Syrah vines are slightly younger, averaging around 15
The grapes were gently crushed before being fermented and
macerated on their skins for 10 days at a controlled temperature
of 24-26ºC in stainless-steel tanks. After fermentation the wine was
aged very briefly in oak, softening the tannins. The delicate grape
processing preserved the natural purity of fruit and freshness that is
typical of Molino Loco's style.
This wine is a beautiful, deep ruby colour, with purple hues on the
rim. On the nose, it shows elegant ripe red plum and cherry notes.
The palate is well structured, with supple tannins leading to a
vibrant, fruit-driven finish.