Casa Castillo 2018 Jumilla MonastrellRegular price £16
Casa Castillo was originally built in 1870 by Frenchmen fleeing the Phylloxera plague that was destroying Europe's vineyards. Since then Jose María Vicente and his father have replanted it with indigenous Spanish varieties, Monastrell being chief among them. Monastrell seems to be ideally suited to Jumilla's climate, and Casa Castillo are masters of it, producing some the best wines in south-east Spain. This wine is 100% Monastrell and is full-bodied but by no means over the top. A powerful wine which retains a lovely elegance.