Based in Yecla, Familia Castaño is known for its huge efforts to promote one of Spain's native varieties, Monastrell. Castaño symbolises the best of what southern Spain has to offer: rich, warm climate wines, with almost Syrah-like complexity, which over deliver in terms of value year after year. Monastrell was once used exclusively for bulk wines and blending, but Castaño began bottling characterful, single varietal Monastrell in the 1980s.
Today, in the expert hands of Daniel Castaño and his family, the variety maintains high quality even at moderate to generous yields. 80% of the family's 600 hectares of vineyards are dedicated to Monastrell, with smaller plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Macabeo and Chardonnay amongst others. The Monastrell is sourced from dry farmed, bush and trellis vines up to 70 years old in the 'Las Gruesas' and 'Pozuelo' vineyards respectively. Totalling 336 hectares, the two vineyards are located at an altitude of 750 metres, with a north-south aspect, on sandy limestone soils.
The 100% Monastrell 'Hécula' represents exceptional value for money. Displaying succulent ripe black fruit, notes of sweet spice and liquorice and supple ripe tannins, it will accompany any number of different foods. The 'Colección', which is made from 70% old vine Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, shows more red cherry and dried fruit character, with hints of smokiness and chocolate. The Organic Macabeo, which partners with Daniel's Organic Monastrell, grows on 15-year-old, organically farmed vines, situated at 500 metres altitude on north-facing slopes, giving the resulting wine a signature freshness. Made for early drinking, the Macabeo is bright and fragrant with notes of white peach, apple and zesty lemon. The Monastrell Rosado is a delicate pale pink, the result of direct pressing and no maceration on the skins, and shows elegant red fruit and floral aromas. The 'Dulce' is delicious, full of dried fig, raisin and plum jam flavours, with a rounded mouthfeel and balancing acidity that keeps the finish perfectly fresh.