A pure Monastrell monster for Yecla in Spain. Dark fruits, schist and smoke, meaty and violets. There is plush fruit, a silky feel and good length of flavour. They have purposely tamed some of the Monastrell tannin for this wine but it is still quite grippy and really needs a hunk of steak or similar to sit alongside your glass. No need to age. Like a lot of wines from Yecla, this wine is crazy cheap for the quality!
Bodegas Castano Molino Loco Yecla Monastrell 2014, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
For over 60 years the Castano family have been growing grapes in Yecla. Since 1980 they have also been making their own wines. They now have over 450 hectare devoted to native and international varieties. The most charming of their wines are made from Monastrell.
Due west from the town of Alicante on Spain’s East coast. There is a mix of native and international varieties grown here. But home town grape Monastrell is still the highlight. Higher altitude vineyards keep acidity while dry growing means concentration of flavours. That is a pretty mean combination for making high class wines. .
Also known as Mourvedre in France and Mataro in the new world. It is known for making a muscular, tannic, meaty, savoury wine. It is often the backbone of a blend but in places like Alicante, Jumilla and Yecla it is the major if not only variety in the red wine. Aging can vary depending on winemaker influence.
Spain is probably more famous for the wines from the hot and dry parts. But the diversity of wine is equal to any country. And Spanish wine is a legitimate threat to the Australian wine market, with their dry-grown, old-vines able to produce the same quality as anything in Australia. If they were allowed to irrigate, they could release more wine at significantly less than any Australian equivalent.
The styles to try as a wine lover include Old school Rioja (leave them for 50 years though, please!). Real Sherry, from Jerez, seriously try this stuff. Mencia from Bierzo and surrounds. Cava – if you thought Prosecco was poor man’s Champagne, well good Cava makes Prosecco taste like Schweppes Mineral Water. And there are more amazing terroir wines across Spain.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins, and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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