Casa Castillo Las Gravas 2019 - Magnum (1,5L)
90% Monastrell, 10% Garnacha Tinta
After the harvest, the grapes are destemmed and, without crushing, each variety is vatted separately in small 6,000-litre presses. In these, manual punching is carried out for about two weeks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in new 500-litre French oak barrels. Aged between 16 and 20 months.
COLOR: cereza intenso
AROMA: fruta negra, fruta al licor, balsámico, hierbas de monte
BOCA: potente, fruta madura, especiado, taninos maduros, elegante
The 2019 Las Gravas is a blend of 88% Monastrell from limestone gravel soils and 12% Garnacha also planted in the same gravel soils, but it's obviously much younger than the Monastrell and there's more Garnacha in this vintage marked by rains during the harvest. It fermented in underground pools fully destemmed with indigenous yeasts and matured in 5,000-liter oak foudres and 500-liter oak barrels for 14 months. This is expressive but subtle, faintly balsamic, with good ripeness (14.5%) alcohol, fully developed flavors and hints of Mediterranean herbs, with more pine needles in this north-facing exposition and grainy tannins. In 2019 they played up more of the varietal profile, and it shows in the wine. It has fine-grained, chalky tannins and a long, dry finish. It should improve in bottle. 26,500 bottles were filled in March 2021.