Try something new. The chances are, if you like Cabernet Sauvignon, you’ll love Monastrell (or, Mourvedre as it is known in France).
Based in Yecla, Familia Castaño is known for its huge efforts to promote one of Spain’s native varieties: Monastrell. Castaño embodies the best of what southern Spain has to offer, producing rich, warm-climate wines, with almost Syrah-like complexity, which overdeliver in terms of value year after year. Castaño began bottling characterful, single-varietal Monastrell in the 1980s, when the variety was used exclusively for bulk wines and blending. 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 among others. The Monastrell is sourced from dry-farmed, bush and trellised vines up to 70 years old in the ‘Las Gruesas’ and ‘Pozuelo’ vineyards. Totalling 336 hectares, the two vineyards sit at an altitude of 750 metres, with a north-south aspect, on sandy limestone soils.
The 100% Monastrell Bodegas Castano Hecula Yecla Magnum represents exceptional value for money. Certified organic from the 2019 vintage, it displays succulent ripe black fruit, notes of sweet spice and liquorice and supple ripe tannins.
A Monastrell from 50 year-old-vines, Hecula is a deep, alluring purple in the glass, boasting aromas of raspberries and liquorice. Ripe soft fruit flavours are underpinned with a floral elegance.
This is a lovely glass of wine, super value for money and in a magnum bottle comes with a real wow factor.