Familia Castaño Organic Monastrell 2018 £10.50
A fantastic BBQ wine that responds well to meaty dishes such as short ribs, steaks, chops, herbed sausages and BBQ sauces. Chargrilled vegetables with salsa verde would also work well. During hot weather, chill this one for 10mins before serving to retain its fresh fruit flavours and mineral edge.
TYPE: Bursting with fruit, velvety tannins and a long, lifted finish
TEMPERATURE: 16-200C Room Temp
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.
ABV: 13.5% Vegan / Vegetarian / Organic / Sustainable