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Bodegas Castano Yecla Macabeo 2017 £9.95
BODEGAS CASTANO YECLA MACABEO
The Castaño family owns over 410 hectares of vineyards in the Yecla DO in south-eastern Spain. 80% of these vineyards are planted with the native Monastrell variety. For several generations, Bodegas Castaño has been a pioneer in this region and has come to symbolise the best of what southern Spain has to offer: rich, warm climate wines made from grapes grown at altitude, resulting in wines of great character and finesse.
The Macabeo grows on 15-year-old, organically farmed vines, which grow at 500 metres above sea level on north-facing slopes. The soil is sandy-limestone and the vines grow at a density of 2777 vines per hectare.
Extreme weather was seen across the wine world in 2017 and Spain was no exception. For most Spanish regions there were one or more climatic challenges to contend with including spring frost, drought, unusually high summer temperatures and occasional hail storms. For the vines in Yecla, drought was the major issue in 2017, with no rain falling between March and August. Luckily, a welcome spell of rain fell during the first week of September, allowing the vines to complete the ripening process. Overall grape quality was high with healthy bunches of smaller berries showing intense flavours and excellent concentration. Yields are down approximately 30% on 2016.
This is a bright, fresh and fruity wine made for drinking young. It is fragrant on the nose with notes of white fruits, apple and citrus. On the palate, it is soft and fruity with a lifted finish.
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