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Castano `Colección` Yecla

Yecla, Murcia

Familia Castaño

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. Castaño symbolises the best of what southern Spain has to offer: rich, warm climate wines made from grapes grown at altitude and transformed into robustly modern wines. For several generations, Bodegas Castaño has been a pioneer in the region.

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Vineyards

The grapes were harvested from 42 year old Monastrell vines and 30 year old Cabernet Sauvignon vines, planted at 750m above sea level. The soil here is stony and sandy with a lime subsoil. The short bush vines have a planting density of 1,600 plants per hectare and yield 1,500-2,000 kilograms per hectare. The vineyard for Coleccion has a very different microclimate from the rest of the region which is clearly continental. It has minimum temperatures of -10ºC in winter and up to 42ºC in summer. Harvest took place by hand in the second week of September.

Vintage information

Winter saw some hydric stress in dry-farmed vineyards, but there was enough rainfall to ensure water resources in the soil could support the summer drought. There was a slight budding delay in Spring but normal vine blooming ensued. Low rainfall throughout Summer led to early ripening and harvest of white varieties, though red varieties were unaffected and the Monastrell grapes were harvested in the fourth week of September. Production was 30% lower than the high yield of 2010, but the 2011 vintage is of excellent quality with good balance and concentration.

Vinification

Small bunches of the thick-skinned Monastrell grapes were harvested and taken straight to the winery. The fermentation took place over 16 days at a controlled temperature of between 26-28ºC, followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged for 10 months in 80% French and 20% American oak barrels, of which 60% were new.

Tasting Notes

Dark and intense shiny red in the glass. It is complex on the nose, with ripe black fruit aromas, notes of clove and black pepper and elegant hints of oak. Soft on the palate, the wine is full-bodied yet soft and delicate, with marked but elegant tannins. There is a pleasant, lingering aftertaste. 

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 70% Monastrell
30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Yecla, Murcia
Winemaker Mariano López
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.2g/l
Residual Sugar 3.3g/l
Wine pH 3.7