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Castano Solanera Vinas Viejas

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

At an altitude of 800 metres above sea level, this family owned vineyard is surrounded by small hills that protect the vines form the usual chill winds. The soils are mainly limestone and poor in organic sediment. The vineyard combines the very old bush vines of Monastrell and Garnacha Tintorera (one of the few varietals to have red juice) with low yielding trellises of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vintage information

Weather conditions in 2012 were extraordinarily dry and warm, this resulted in higher concentration of juice in the berries and a naturally lower yield. In addition to the concentration, the ripeness of the grapes adds a wonderfully intense colour and richness to the nose and palate.

Vinification

Grapes were manually harvested and strictly selected before winemaking began. Each variety is vinified separtely in stainless steel tanks with temperature control at 26-28ºC. Maceration and fermentation lasted for 10 to 12 days before devatting and soft pneumatic pressing. The selections were then barrel aged separately for 10 months (one third in new French oak and two thirds in second use French oak).

Tasting Notes

A beautiful dark shiny red colour, it displays notes of lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, black raspberries, blueberries and blackcurrants. Full-bodied and intense on the palate with silky sweet tannins. Stunningly pure and textured.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 70% Monastrell
15% Cabernet Sauvignon
15% Garnacha Tintorera
Region Yecla, Murcia
Winemaker Mariano López
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 5.25g/l
Residual Sugar 2.8g/l
Wine pH 3.7