Origin: Bodegas Castaño, Yecla D.O. Spain
Taste guide: Medium bodied, strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavours, crisp and fresh, unoaked
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. The grapes underwent a direct pressing without maceration on the skins which extracts the minimum amount of colour. Fermentation took place at 16C in stainless steel tanks for 13-14 days, and underwent cold stabilisation before bottling.
The resultant wine is pale salmon-pink in colour showing distinctive aromas of red fruit - strawberry and cherry. This continues on the palate with ripe cherry notes and hints of spice. Overall this is a soft and light wine with a wonderfully balanced vibrant acidity, and bursting with flavour. A balanced and well-structured wine with a medium-long finish. Very easy drinking.
One of the best Rosé wines we have tasted for years.
Not seen in retail in the UK but is priced in restaurants at over £20. This would indicate a retail of around £10.
Had a bottle over Christmas and it's still drinking very well. However we need space in our storage so now reduced from £5,25 to just £4.50 to clear the last few bottles.