Importer Eric Solomon explains what makes this wine so good:
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 aging in French and American oak barrels.
Here are some of the effusive CellarTracker reviews:
This is what you look for in a wine shop when you're shopping on a budget. A great example of Monastrell. Deep, dark intense color. Raisined nose with a block of blackberries, blueberries and graphite mashed together. Full-bodied, fruity with a touch of spice. Nice tannins, integrated with the juicy acidity and alcohol. Long finish. Superb wine for the price
On opening, white pepper and lilies on the nose. Deepens with time to reveal more characteristic cherry, plum jam, and resin-y juniper fruit. In the mouth there is initially a sense of delicate perfume (even under-ripeness) which is rolled over by a wave of bright fruit finishing with slightly firm tannins. This has obviously benefited from the trend of picking earlier. Enjoyable now for its freshness, I suspect it will continue to develop positively for a few years.
Dark purple in glass, inky black and blue fruits, with hints exotic wood spice, even orange peel. Chalky tannin, similar red and black fruit, tobacco leaf, heady middle-eastern spices. Simple, savoury, sweet fruited, and youthful. Perhaps too young, but perfect with masala mutton, and paneer. Needed time to unpack - about 2 hours.