|Grape/Varietal : Monastrell, Syrah, Granacha||Color : Red|
|Origin : Spain||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Jumilla||ABV : 15%|
|Vintage : 2015||Natural Factor: In Conversion|
Although officially founded in 1991, Casa Castillo lies on the grounds of an old farming estate which incorporated a winery built by the French in 1870. The Vicente family has successfully managed to get the best out of the vines, all of them exposed to extreme heat in non-irrigated land.
Located on the slopes of Sierra del Molar at an elevation of up to 760 metres, the property occupies 405 hectares, 170 of which are under vine. The rest is planted with almond and olive trees, which grow among pine trees and scrubland.
The past years have seen changes under the leadership of José María Vicente. Tempranillo and Cabernet plantings, valued for their quality and considered indispensable in the 1990s, have been removed to give way to late ripening Mediterranean varieties, which can be harvested in September and October. Their focus is to make silkier and fresher wines.
Monastrell represents 80% of the vines, followed by Garnacha (12%), which has no tradition in the area but has adapted well to Casa Castillo’s climate and soils, and Syrah (8%). Soils are limestone and/or sand and gravelly at higher altitudes. New plantings favour higher density plantings with around 3,000 vines per hectare compared to 1,600 in traditional vineyards, yet total yields remain more or less the same; the aim now is to achieve lower yields per vine.
Except for the basic Casa Castillo Monastrell, the wines are fermented in epoxy-coated stone tanks with variable amounts of whole bunches depending on vintage variations. Ageing takes place in 500-litre casks and foudres which can be kept up to a sixth use or even longer.
"The wine formerly known as 'Monastrell' is now simply 2015 Casa Castillo because it is now a blend of Monastrell with some 10% Syrah and around 5% Garnacha and it will continue being a Monastrell-based blend with some more Garnacha, maybe up to 15%, in the future. I previewed a tentative blend of this 2015 and then tasted the bottled version a few weeks later. It shows ripe fruit, red and black, some spiciness and plenty of Mediterranean herbs. This feels young but it has no edges, it's juicy and supple, young but accessible. It will be much better after a few months in bottle"
Pairs Well With:
Pollo al ajillo
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