Familia Castaño Dulce Monastrell DO Yecla 2016


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Tasting Notes

This wine is deep purple in colour. On the nose, there are intense aromas of black candied fruit, raisins, carob and black olives. It is fresh on the palate, with notes of plum jam and dried fig which are complemented by a clean acidity that balances the sweetness.


Vegan, Vegetarian, Sustainable


Vineyards are situated at an altitude of 750 metres above sea level, with a north-south orientation. The soils are a mixture of gravel and sand and the average age of the vines is 37 years old, planted at a density of 1,600 vines per hectare. The bush vines are short pruned and unirrigated, giving yields of two tonnes per hectare.


After crushing, a long, cool maceration took place a 17°C to extract colour, aromas and the soft, ripe tannins of Monastrell. Fermentation was stopped by adding grape spirit once the must reached 5-7% alcohol and before all of the sugars has been converted to alcohol. After fermentation, the wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for eight months before bottling.


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.