The best shiraz I’ve had in a long time

The best shiraz I’ve had in a long time

I rarely post reviews but this just blew me away and thought that those of you not in Adelaide may not have got to see it – wonderful writing.

Read Philip White’s article…

Something happened in the Shiraz class – a review by Phillip White

“The Castagna Genesis Beechworth Shiraz 2014 is 12.5% alcohol and $75. It contains “a touch of Viognier”. It is a magic drink.”

 “I like the way this vineyard has spent fifteen vintages morphing form extra-terrestrial, like that UFO 1999, through a maritime approach then back to shore after this new vintage takes a night emptying its sails of gust, nudges its rubbing stakes against the bar and starts unloading fruit on the wharf where the fresh flowers, herbs and spices are stacked up to the galvo.”

Phillip White 2016

This fantastic review of our Castagna 2014 Genesis Syrah is now on the InDaily website and Phillip’s blog. A beautifully crafted review, of our beautifully crafted shiraz. Phillip never ceases to amaze us with his eloquent and picturesque writing, creating vivid images of our wines and vineyard in his reviews. Head to Phillip’s blog here, or InDaily,  to read the full review.

Julian Castagna at Castagna Beechworth with Castagna wine bottles

Julian Castagna at Castagna

Castagna family in Beechworth with hounds

Carolann, Alexis, Adam and Julian Castagna with hounds

 

Castagna Genesis Syrah wins the Victorian Red Wine of Provenance trophy for the 2nd successive year!

Those of you who follow us will know that I am very reluctant to enter our wines into the show system.  But was talked into entering the Royal Melbourne Wine Show last year where, to my delight, we were awarded two trophies; one for our Vermouth and the other for Genesis, which won The Victorian Red Wines of Provenance.

Castagna Genesis Victorian Trophy for Red Wines of Provenance

This year I was again reluctant – in fact positively determined – that we shouldn’t get involved.  Putting aside my own personal opinion about the show system, there seemed to me no point at all in risking fate.  After all, we had had a very good result last year, so why not leave it at that?

Adam didn’t agree.  And after much badgering he ‘persuaded’ me that we should again enter ‘The Victorian Red Wines of Provenance’.

We entered Castagna Genesis Syrah 2002-2005-2012and much to my surprise and delight we were again awarded the Trophy. The Trophy in two successive years is both a joy and a delight, and helps cement and communicate the wonderful terroir that is Beechworth.

As this has happened just before our Open Day on the 29th October – which is a thank you to our customers – it gives me a chance to open a magnum of one of the early wines, to show off how wonderful the wine actually is.

Class Entry 6586 – Castagna Genesis Syrah
Class Description 80 – Victorian Red Wines of Provenance (Victorian Wines of Provenance)
Result Detail Comments Super bracket of wines. Linage shows. 3 Gold medals from all judges. 2002 a treasure.

Associated Results The Victorian Red Wine of Provenance
Result Trophy
Result Detail Bracket
Result Trophy

“The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA), conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), is Australia’s premier wine awards. Built on a longstanding tradition of celebrating excellence and innovation in Australian winemaking, the awards reflect current industry trends, production techniques and consumer interests.”

Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

 

Almost ready! Release of Castagna Wine

We are getting very close to the release of our 2014 vintage here at Castagna. Adam has been hard at work, labelling the new release wines and packing our En Primeur orders. Remember our En Primeur release is only available to Mailing List customers, and offers great discounts on future releases. Join our Mailing List to receive the 2017 En Primeur offer and more special Castagna opportunities.

Castagna Wine En Primeur Winery Vintage 2014

Adam packing En Primeur orders

Castagna Wine En Primeur Winery Vintage 2014

Packed and ready to be shipped.

Castagna Wine En Primeur Winery Vintage 2014

Castagna, Castagna, Castagna!

Keep a close eye on our Wines page, as the new release wines will be made available in early November. As for now, the sun is shining and we are looking forward to sharing our wines, vermouth and olive oil with our Mailing List subscribers this weekend. Speaking of tastings, check out what someone’s clever fingers created during a recent tasting here at Castagna Vineyard.

Castagna Wines Beechworth tasting Sparkling Shiraz Syrah Genesis

A clever wine lover created this little guy from a Castagna Sparkling Genesis cage. Danni has named him Sergio.

Castagna Wines Beechworth tasting Sparkling Shiraz Syrah Genesis

Little Sergio, the Sparkling Syrah Man.

Castagna Wines Beechworth tasting Sparkling Shiraz Syrah Genesis

For some perspective.                Sergio may be diminutive, but gee, he is one sparkly guy…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring and a new batch of Castagna Wines

Even though most people in the North East Victoria would argue this point, it is starting to look like Spring even more here at Castagna Vineyard. We have had above average rainfalls the last month or so, and our vines are looking divine! It’s hard to believe these little shoots will grow taller than the posts and create a wall of cool, dark green leaves, interspersed with bunches of luscious fruit, all ready to be harvested in late Summer, early Autumn next year.

Syrah at Castagna Vineyard Spring Beechworth

Syrah at Castagna Vineyard.

Delicate, and almost velvety. Syrah vines at Castagna Vineyard.

Delicate, and almost velvety. Syrah vines at Castagna Vineyard.

All the animals in our menagerie are enjoying the warmer weather too. We use fowl (both chooks and guinea fowl) as a form of pest control and to enrich our soils. It’s also an amusing past time to sit on the veranda at the end of a long day, glass of something yummy in hand (Castagna of course!) and watch the grandchildren chase the chooks off the vegetable garden for us!

Rocky the Resident Rooster, struts his stuff at Castagna. Beechworth Spring

Rocky the Resident Rooster, struts his stuff at Castagna.

kids Castagna winery Beechworth Spring

it’s amazing world we live in, especially when you are only one metre tall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the weather warms up (or pretends too!) we are busy preparing for the release of our latest wines. Keep an eye on this space for updates on the new wines, or join our mailing list for special offers and mailing-list only invitations.

Castagna Mailing List.

Spring Winery Dogs Castagna Beechworth

Kip, Lord of the Hounds, He of the Big Bark and the Even Bigger Bounce

 

Castagna keeps good company

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Castagna in good company

Brilliant picture sent in by a Castagna connoisseur, who enjoyed our wine with friends in New Zealand. We love to see people enjoying our wine, and to see Castagna in such a line up is fabulous (although we are not sure about the All Blacks!)

Thanks Vaughn.

Castagna wines in Western Australia

A lovely write-up Ray Jordan from The West Australian. Here are a few excerpts, or check out the full review here. Ray Jordan review

Castagna Genesis Syrah 2013

Deep opaque colour, sensational aroma. Violets and chocolate, with a savoury anise character. there is a smidge of viognier. So rich and textured, yet so smooth and well balanced. A stylish wine with a dryness more akin to European wines. 96/100

Castagna La Chiave 2013

This has a lovely floral and slightly peppermint character. It’s Sangiovese as you’ve never tasted in Australia. A thoroughly beautiful medium-bodied wine with grainy, savoury tannins and excellent fruit. Gets 20 per cent new oak but the fruit really hits home. Has moved away from the 50 per cent new oak used in earlier vintages. A real mouthful of flavour. 95/100

Castagna wine Beechworth biodynamic

Adam Castagna at Castagna Vineyard Beechworth

 

‘Castagna 13 Reds Rock Batman’s Arse’ by Phillip White

The exceptional Phillip White has once again used his amazing literary skills to write some wonderful reviews of our 2013 Castagna Reds. Here are some snippets to tantalise you…

It takes you away from where you were going. Absorbing these wines together is like moving to another room. It is one of the best rooms in Australia. Drinking a glass from each bottle each day til it’s done is like attending a magnificent exhibition.

On the Castagna Beechworth Genesis Syrah 2013

By Bacchus and Pan this wine’s a sweet and delicious thing rhythmically, like prunes and peat and liquorice and figs and fennel and aniseed and black fruits that haven’t evolved yet but already ooze the nectar of some midnight bloom that teases bats.

castagna open day genesis beechworth wine

On the Castagna Beechworth Un Segreto 2013

This blend is more it than the sum of its parts. It is an individual alive and happy unto itself: a ravishing, drop-dead challenging and enticing wine of a new style. Previous vintages have already given it authority.

It really is worth reading Phillip’s amazing write-up at his blog Drinkster.

Syrah grapes at Castagna vineyard

Sarah Ahmed’s Castagna visit

In March this year Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective, paid us a visit at Castagna to taste our full range of wines, after experiencing our cru wines (Genesis, La Chiave and Un Segreto) at a Beechworth Vignerons tasting. Here are just a few snippets from her blog post.

Castagna La Chiave 2004 (Beechworth)

A burgundy hue, this is showing nice development, but has a ‘Sangio-ness.’  Sweeter and broader, with a soft ‘edge’ of chocolate the cherry fruit still retains a juiciness and I particularly liked the backdrop of black tea – a savoury and textural reminder of provenance.  14%

Castagna Growers’ Selection Harlequin 2013 (Beechworth)

Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier grapes are sourced from the Indigo vineyard over the road.  It spent 30 days on skins in stainless steel where it was fermented, prior to pressing into barrel and concrete egg for ageing. Initially round and soft, very textural, it assumes a weight in the mouth and yet the apricot fruit is very much on the backfoot.  This is no mid-palate wine.  Rather in tempo and structure it builds in the mouth, a conundrum of freshness with (attractive) alcohol warmth and a stole of spicy tannin which steals across the palate.  Bids you to break bread.  I liked this very much.  13%

Castagna Classic Dry Vermouth (Beechworth)

Amber with salmon pink flashes this delicious dry vermouth is pungent,  bitter but fresh – the ultimate saliva-inducing aperitivo designed to awaken the palate for dinner. It’s awash with pink grapefruit,orange peel, aniseed, angostura bitters and earthy sandalwood.  Let’s just say I wouldn’t want a tank of this a stone’s throw from my back door – it’s way too dangerously drinkable! 17%

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At the kitchen table with Adam and Julian Castagna. Photo credit Sarah Ahmed

Click here to read the full article, including reviews of all the current Castagna wines

Castagna 2007 Sauvage – a vineyard blend

When one believes that the best wine is made with the least intervention, nature seems able to throw in a few surprises. 2007 was such a year. A complex vintage, a vintage where the fruit we grew was atypical, so I made the decision that the fruit would be best served by not keeping the varieties separate but by making a vineyard blend. This blend was bottled in November 2008 and although really good and extremely interesting, was like the fruit at harvest, atypical. The tannins especially, were quite different from what we have come to expect of Castagna wines – it needed time in bottle.

Sauvage in barrels at CastagnaBarrels at Castagna Vineyard

We thought two years should do the trick. The wine was put into cool storage for probable release in late 2010 or early 2011. Then vintage 2011 happened. The blend, which we labelled Sauvage, assumed a different importance we made a decision to hold onto it and release it instead of 2011 – thus ensuring that we would have at least one new wine to release at the end of 2013. The wine sat quietly in a cool dark place for five years and was released in 2013. The tannins are now typically Castagna – firm and fine, simply delicious. So No Genesis, No La Chiave nor Un Segreto in 2013, instead a vineyard blend, with five years bottle age, and because it was labelled Sauvage it was incredible value. It still is. The wine is delicious and I am very proud of it.

Castagna 2007 Sauvage tasting notes