Familia Castano, Hecula Monastrell 2017

Regular price £9.50
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    Monastrell 100%

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    Daniel Castano

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Familia Castaño Hécula Monastrell 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

A deep purple colour in the glass, this wine exudes rich, elegant aromas of blueberries, ripe raspberries and liquorice with a subtle floral touch and a chalky character. On the palate, it is full-bodied, with an inviting richness and soft fruit that is integrated with oak notes in this extremely well-balanced red.

Production Notes

Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for 10 days at 24-26 deg. The wine was then aged for six months in oak barrels of which 50% were new. The oak used was 80% French and 20% American.

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Producer Profile

Based in Yecla, Familia Castano is known for its huge efforts to promote one of Spain's native varieties, Monastrell. Castano 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 Castano began bottling characterful, single varietal Monastrell in the 1980s. Today, in the expert hands of Daniel Castano 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 'Hecula' 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 'Coleccion', 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.