The Castaño family are the original pioneers of the DO Yecla. Starting in the 1950s Ramón Cantaño Santa, with an extensive family history of viticulture, built the first modern winery in the region and over the successive decades he added to his family’s holdings so now the estate encompasses 450 hectares of primarily old, bush vine Monastrell. Starting in the 1980s the family began bottling wines under their own name continuing to innovate and improve the reputation of Monastrell from Yecla.
Hécula is an old-vine Monastrell sourced from two districts, Las Gruesas & Pozuelo, both in the northern part of DO Yecla. Here the soils are high in lime content and at a higher elevation than the rest of the region, the Monastrell is dense and rich but with balanced acidity and ripe tannins. Hécula is destemmed, fermented in stainless steel tanks with a maceration of 10 days followed by ageing in French and American oak barrels.
Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for 10 days at 24- 26°C. The wine was then aged for six months in oak barrels of which 50% were new. The oak used was 80% French and 20% American.
A deep purple colour in the glass, this wine exudes rich, elegant aromas of blueberries, ripe raspberries and liquorice with a subtle floral touch and a chalky character. On the palate, it is full-bodied, with an inviting richness and soft fruit that is integrated with oak notes in this extremely well-balanced red.
Fab with meat and potato hot pot, chilli con (or sin) carne with red rice or coq au vin