Bodega Castano 2014 / 750mL / Molino Loco Monastrell

Category: Wine
Sub-Category: Red wine

A beautifully deep and vibrant colour, reminiscent of ripe red fruits.

Balsamic hints and floral notes sit beneath deep flavours of plums and cherries.

A light touch of oak and soft, rounded tannins are followed by fresh fruits, making this a balanced and easy drinking wine.

Molino Loco is the affectionate name for the windmill ('molino') that sits on the edge of the Castaño vineyards where the grapes are grown. In contrast to other windmills, which turn in windy conditions, this particular windmill is 'loco' (the Spanish for crazy) as it turns only on calm, still days.

The vineyards are located at an altitude of 500m above sea level and have a north-south orientation.

The soils are sandy with a lime content that gives the wines a good level of minerality. The average age of the vines is 16 years and they are planted at an average density of 2,700 vines per hectare, trellised and pruned short.

The vineyards are dry-farmed (they are not irrigated) and the limestone soil is poor. This means that the roots of the vines grow deep into the earth in their search for precious minerals and nutrients, which helps ensure healthy, ripe, flavoursome grapes. The Monastrell vineyards are over 50 years old.

The grapes were crushed very lightly before being fermented and macerated on their skins for 10 days at a controlled temperature of 24-26ºC in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation the wine was aged very briefly on oak to round out the tannins. The gentle handling preserved the natural fruit purity and freshness that is so typical of the Molino Loco style.

A beautifully deep and vibrant colour, reminiscent of ripe red fruits.

Balsamic hints and floral notes sit beneath deep flavours of plums and cherries.

A light touch of oak and soft, rounded tannins are followed by fresh fruits, making this a balanced and easy drinking wine.