Familia Castaño Organic Monastrell 2020 £11.50
Meaty dishes such as short ribs, steaks, chops, herbed sausages or chargrilled vegetables with salsa verde. In warmer months, chill it slightly to accentuate it’s mineral edge.
TYPE: Bursting with fruit, velvety tannins and a long, lifted finish
ABOUT: Based in Yecla, Familia Castaño is known for its huge efforts to promote one of Spain’s native varieties, Monastrell. Castaño symbolises the best of what southern Spain has to offer: rich, warm-climate wines, with almost Syrah-like complexity, which over deliver in terms of value year after year. Monastrell was once used exclusively for bulk wines and blending, but Castaño began bottling characterful, single-varietal Monastrell in the 1980s. Today, in the expert hands of Daniel Castaño and his family, the variety maintains high quality even at moderate to generous yields. Dry, sunny weather and specific soil conditions here give little chance for mould or pests to thrive, allowing a pesticide-free and agrochemical-free crop every year. The Monastrell is sourced from dry-farmed, bush and trellised vines up to 70 years old in vineyards situated at an altitude of 750 metres, with a north-south aspect, on sandy limestone soils.
FARMING: Vegan, Vegetarian, Organic, Sustainable