Origin: Bodegas Castaño, Yecla D.O. Spain
Taste guide: Medium bodied, dark stone fruit and blackberry fruit flavours, prune and liquorice notes, softened tannins, part-oaked
75cl - 13% - screwcap
Estate bottled wine
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.
Monastrell is a native Spanish grape, known as Mourvèdre when grown in France, which thrives particularly well in the Yecla denominación in the Murcia region. The grapes for this wine were grown on 30 to 40 year-old dry-farmed bush and trellis vines in the Las Gruesas and Pozuelo vineyards respectively. The altitude of both vineyards is 750 metres above sea level.
The fruit was hand harvested during the first week of October selecting the best small bunches of grapes with optimal maturity. Vinification involved a total maceration of 3 weeks, with warm fermentation to preserve the primary aroma of the fruit. A portion of the wine was aged for a short period in oak and then the components back blended to produce the final, part-oaked, wine.
The resultant wine is deep-coloured red with distinctive aromas of black plums and blackberries This continues on the palate with hints of liquorice and pepper and definite notes of stewed sweet prunes. The tannins are soft and integrated. This is a balanced and well-structured wine with a medium-long finish. Very easy drinking.
Able to partner the richest meat dishes.
Not seen in retail in the UK but is priced in restaurants at over £20. This would indicate a retail of around £10.
At Binendwines it is just £5.95.