Origin: Bodegas Los Tinos, Castilla - Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Taste guide: Medium bodied, raspberry, strawberry and cherry fruit flavours, vanillan notes, oaked
75cl - 12% - screwcap
suitable for vegetarians
Castilla is a Spanish geographical indication for Vino de la Tierra wines located in the eponymous region south of Madrid. This classification is one step below the mainstream Denominación de Origen indication on the Spanish wine quality ladder. The area covered by this specific Viño de la Tierra is wide and embraces a big portion of central Spain with a multiple diversity of soils and landscapes. The quality of wines therefore depends on the quality of the winemakers both in selecting the very best fruit and using the best vinification techniques.
Made from 100% Tempranillo grapes grown on old vines and produced by Bodegas Los Tinos who has had agreements in place for many years with over 500 families of small growers who devote their lives to growing grapes from one generation to the next. The winey is owned by one of the families witha long tradition in the production of Spanish wines, now on its 5th generation. The winemaker was the experienced Alfredo Ansotegui.
Grapes were hand-picked then vinified in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 28°, with several days of maceration after fermentation. The resultant wine was aged in American oak barrels for a short period and then bottled.
Bright ruby red in colour, the wine exhibits a nose of black cherry and raspberry. The palate continues these wild berry fruit flavours, quite tart and crisp, with touches of spice and toasted oak. It stands out for its balance dominant fruit and short barrel ageing.
Ideal with all sorts of white and red meat, as well as pasta, rice and vegetable dishes. Served at 14-16°.
Made from the same grape as Rioja, this wine stands out for its finesse and complexity and offers far better value than an equivalent Rioja.
Sells for £8.99 with Ocado - at Binendwines it is just £4.95.