Castano "Hecula" - Monastrell - Yecla, Murcia - Spain

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Product SKU
SP23
Vintage: 2018

CASTANO "HECULA" - MONASTRELL - YECLO, MURCIA - SPAIN

Intense and shiny cherry-red colour. On the nose it blooms pleasant ripe red fruit aromas, sweet spices (liquorice). It has very elegant and integrated wooden notes that do not cover its intense fruitiness. It is well-balanced, fresh, with elegant soft tannins and good acidity. Long and very well structured.

Vintage in image may vary. Refer to wine facts for current vintage.

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Country SPAIN Region Yecla Grape Varietal Monastrell

Product Description

Description

Intense and shiny cherry-red colour. On the nose it blooms pleasant ripe red fruit aromas, sweet spices (liquorice). It has very elegant and integrated wooden notes that do not cover its intense fruitiness. It is well-balanced, fresh, with elegant soft tannins and good acidity. Long and very well structured. Vintage in image may vary. Refer to wine facts for current vintage.

How to pair it

  • Meat Pair with lamb, meat stews, grilled meats in general, spiced food (Mexican), assorted tapas.
  • Cheese Cured cheeses

Accolades

Awards

Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition Silver

International Wine & Spirits Competition organised by Catavinum in Spain, which serves as a platform for education, wine competitions and wine guides.

Critique Review

Stylistically, this is somewhere between the floral Monastrell and the more classic Casa Carmela with a cleaner nose and even some shy flowers. It’s higher pitched and with less extraction and tannins than in the past. The palate is polished with some fine-grained tannins.

Luis Gutierrez

Wine Facts

More Information
Grape Varietal Monastrell
Vintage 2018
Region Yecla
Country SPAIN
Winemakers Mariano López
Producer Bodegas Castaño
Average age of vines Over 38 years old
Production method 2-4,000 kg/ha
Harvest method Hand-picked
Fermentation & maceration 10 days in stainless steel tanks at 24-26ºC.
Aging Aged in a combination of French and American Oak for 6 months.
Nose Attribute Dark Fruit, Oak, Spices, Liquorice
SKU SP23

Vineyard Info

"By keeping our roots, we follow our traditions. We have commited ourselves to produce top-quality wines, developing our genuine Monastrell grape variety."

The willpower, strength and determination of Ramón Castaño Santa have been necessary in his endeavour to achieve the highest quality in his wines, elaborated with the indigenous grape variety, Monastrell. Bodegas Familia Castaño is synonymous with wine production in Yecla, and the family was instrumental in promoting new techniques and innovation when it became the first bodega to make the transition from bulk wine sales to bottled quality wines, a position it has maintained since with continued innovation and investment.

The Castaño family has always been considered a pioneer in the area, experimenting with the grape variety Monastrell to both create straight wines and blend it with other varieties, introducing the latest technology, not only in the vineyard but also in the winery, and implementing new quality systems that allow a more suitable winemaking. Hécula, the Roman name for Yecla, and packages are offered for groups wishing to visit not only the bodega itself, but also this important remnant of the Roman presence in Yecla. The grapes used for this wine are from two different vineyards (Las Gruesas & El Pozuelo) with an average age of over 38 years old. In both vineyards the vines are planted in bushes. Climate with extreme differences in temperature from winter to summer and endure the long periods of drought. The soil is lime bearing, and the subsoil is thick with a high carbonate content Monastrell tends to produce tannic wines that can be high in alcohol.

The variety can be a difficult grape to grow, preferring "its face in the hot sun and its feet in the water".

Description

Intense and shiny cherry-red colour. On the nose it blooms pleasant ripe red fruit aromas, sweet spices (liquorice). It has very elegant and integrated wooden notes that do not cover its intense fruitiness. It is well-balanced, fresh, with elegant soft tannins and good acidity. Long and very well structured. Vintage in image may vary. Refer to wine facts for current vintage.

How to pair it

  • Meat Pair with lamb, meat stews, grilled meats in general, spiced food (Mexican), assorted tapas.
  • Cheese Cured cheeses

Awards

Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition Silver

International Wine & Spirits Competition organised by Catavinum in Spain, which serves as a platform for education, wine competitions and wine guides.

Critique Review

Stylistically, this is somewhere between the floral Monastrell and the more classic Casa Carmela with a cleaner nose and even some shy flowers. It’s higher pitched and with less extraction and tannins than in the past. The palate is polished with some fine-grained tannins.

Luis Gutierrez
More Information
Grape Varietal Monastrell
Vintage 2018
Region Yecla
Country SPAIN
Winemakers Mariano López
Producer Bodegas Castaño
Average age of vines Over 38 years old
Production method 2-4,000 kg/ha
Harvest method Hand-picked
Fermentation & maceration 10 days in stainless steel tanks at 24-26ºC.
Aging Aged in a combination of French and American Oak for 6 months.
Nose Attribute Dark Fruit, Oak, Spices, Liquorice
SKU SP23

"By keeping our roots, we follow our traditions. We have commited ourselves to produce top-quality wines, developing our genuine Monastrell grape variety."

The willpower, strength and determination of Ramón Castaño Santa have been necessary in his endeavour to achieve the highest quality in his wines, elaborated with the indigenous grape variety, Monastrell. Bodegas Familia Castaño is synonymous with wine production in Yecla, and the family was instrumental in promoting new techniques and innovation when it became the first bodega to make the transition from bulk wine sales to bottled quality wines, a position it has maintained since with continued innovation and investment.

The Castaño family has always been considered a pioneer in the area, experimenting with the grape variety Monastrell to both create straight wines and blend it with other varieties, introducing the latest technology, not only in the vineyard but also in the winery, and implementing new quality systems that allow a more suitable winemaking. Hécula, the Roman name for Yecla, and packages are offered for groups wishing to visit not only the bodega itself, but also this important remnant of the Roman presence in Yecla. The grapes used for this wine are from two different vineyards (Las Gruesas & El Pozuelo) with an average age of over 38 years old. In both vineyards the vines are planted in bushes. Climate with extreme differences in temperature from winter to summer and endure the long periods of drought. The soil is lime bearing, and the subsoil is thick with a high carbonate content Monastrell tends to produce tannic wines that can be high in alcohol.

The variety can be a difficult grape to grow, preferring "its face in the hot sun and its feet in the water".