Country: Spain Region: Yecla
Vintage: 2019 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Castano Estate
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 grapes are grown on organic plots at 750 metres above sea
level, a perfect area for organic production. Dry, sunny weather
and specific soil conditions here give little chance for mould or
pests to thrive, allowing a pesticide-free and agrochemical-free
crop every year. The average age of bush vines are over 25 years
old which are planted at a density of 1,600 vines per hectare.
The grapes were crushed very lightly before being fermented and
macerated on their skins for 10 days at a controlled temperature
of 28ºC in stainless-steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine
remained in stainless-steel tanks until bottling. The gentle handling
preserved the natural fruit purity and freshness of the Monastrell.
This wine is deep ruby red in colour. On the nose, there are rich
notes of black cherries, plums and an elegant mineral touch. On
the palate, this Monastrell is smooth with velvety tannins and a
long finish, bursting with fruit.