£ 8.45, 75 cl
This Monastrell is made in a fresh modern style, with notes of vibrant ripe red cherry, blackberry and plum. Approachable and soft, it has ripe tannins and a smooth finish.
This wine is a beautiful deep and vibrant red colour, with purple hues on the rim. On the nose, it shows elegant ripe red plum and cherry notes. The palate is very well structured, with soft tannins and a delicate, fruity finish.
The vineyards are located at an altitude of 500 metres above sea level. They are dry-farmed and the clay soil is poor, meaning that the roots of the vines grow deep into the earth in their search for minerals and nutrients. This helps to ensure healthy, ripe, full of flavour grapes. The Monastrell vineyards are over 18 years old, while the Syrah vines are slightly younger, averaging around 15 years.
The grapes were gently crushed 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 in oak to round out the tannins. The delicate grape processing preserved the natural fruit purity and freshness that is so typical of the Molino Loco style.
Molino Loco is made by the Castaño family in Yecla and takes its name from the windmill ('molino') that sits on the edge of the vineyards where they produce their fruit. 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.