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 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

 

Snow!

snow Castagna Vineyard across to Beechworth (View from Castagna Vineyard across to Beechworth and Stanley)

It was lovely to get to Castagna Vineyard this morning, after leaving Beechworth, and look across the hills at the snow that had settled there. It’s a little chilly…

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Castagna Harlequin – part of our amazing range of wines

A recent review of our Castagna 2013 Harlequin, from WineGenius.com.

Castagna harlequin wine beechworthJulian Castagna is an imposing figure, both physically and with the wines he produces.  He is not afraid to take a chance and his range of amazing wines reflects this. The ‘Harlequin’ is a Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier blend that has been fermented on skins.  This wine is full and textural with a honeyed spicy savoury overtone. This wine certainly surprised me as it doesn’t drink like a typical aromatic white, it has more structure, texture and complexity. Drinking Range: 2013 – 2018 Score: 90

Head to our WINES page to read our tasting notes for this amazing and complex wine.

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

Max Allen and the Beechworth Vignerons

Castagna Beechworth Beechworth VigneronsThanks Max Allen for a lovely write up of the Beechworth Vigneron’s recent tasting in Melbourne. It’s always nice to get a special mention…

“And I was very impressed by some Italian red varietal wines such as Castagna’s beautifully balanced, poised and precise 2013 La Chiave Sangiovese”
Max Allen, The Australian, May 31, 2016

(Julian Castagna, left, at Taxi Riverside for the Beechworth Vignerons’ tasting)


Read the full article
, or head to our Wines page to see tasting notes for the Castagna 2013 La Chiave, as well as all our other wines.

Beechworth Vignerons’ Tasting

Beechworth VigneronsWell we came to town, and had a ball! A great tasting yesterday with the Beechworth Vignerons at Taxi Riverside. We showed our three cru wines, ’13 Genesis, ’13 La Chiave and ’13 Segreto; along with our ’08 Sparkling Genesis, ’10 Sparkling Allegro, ’13 Adam’s Rib ‘The Red’, ’14 GS Chardonnay, ’13 GS Harlequin, ’14 Allegro… and our Castagna Vermouth!

A big 6 hours of tasting – tasting notes for these beauties are on our website. Click here to read them, and see our other available wines.

Our fellow Beechworth Vignerons who also showcased their wines yesterday…