“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.
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.
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 2002-2005-2012 – and 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 Detail Bracket
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Nice write up of Castagna wines from Jim Lockard in his blog Jim Lockard on Wine.
Here is little excerpt from Jim’s Australian Wine Tasting in London post, about his time at the recent Artisans of Australia tasting in London that both Adam and Julian attended.
Castagna Wines: The father and son team of Julian and Adam Castagna were presiding over their table with aplomb. Their Rhône-focused vineyard & winery deliver the goods. Their wines were consistently well made and nicely balanced…
…Standouts were the 2016 Rousanne, bottled a week ago, and already moving toward becoming a great white wine. The highlight, however, is their 2008 Sparkling Genesis Shiraz-Viognier, a dark red sparkler that delivers great taste and can be paired with just about anything, including meat. This is an amazing wine.
– Jim Lockard
Read the full blog post here Australian Wine Tasting in London.
So the rain came to Beechworth again, but it is still beautiful here in North-East Victoria. Tiny leaves bursting out of the buds show that Vintage 2017 is on its way.
With lots more rain forecast for Beechworth, we are busy at Castagna getting the mower (or should I say tractor?!) in between the vines.
What started as a glorious blue Beechworth sky is gradually clouding over, but some of the Castagnas are making the most of the sun…
It is a really busy time at Castagna at the moment and the last few months have flown by. Julian is currently in Europe, participating in a number of tastings, firstly the La Renaissance des Appellations tasting in Copenhagen, then off to London.
‘This organisation of biodynamic wine growers – La Renaissance des Appellations – invited distributors, restaurateurs and sommeliers of Scandinavia, to come to Copenhagen and partake in wine tasting. No less than 74 wine makers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Portugal, Australia and the United States offered high quality wines produced in according with biodynamic principles.’
(from Rennaissance des Appelletions)
The organisation was founded in 2001 and now consists of 190 biodynamic winemakers from 13 countries. The purpose of the organization is to promote the local term of each wine and ensure a high quality through careful cultivation, fastidious selection of grapes and the craftsman-ship of cellar practices.
Here is an excerpt from Julian’s travel diary.
“I did enjoy Copenhagen, it’s lovely to be in a city full of friendly smiling people a city not being clogged by traffic – the bikes make such a difference. The tasting took place at Papirhallen, which is an old paper making factory in the old part of town very near Noma, which unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a booking at.
I visited Rome briefly and stayed with friends in the area known as Monti, which is the old area of Rome near the Colosseum, it’s an area where Romans live with not too much damage from tourism – a really enjoyable day and a half – I walked my feet off.
Then off to a Casale near Orvieto where Tim Phillips, who did vintage with us in the 2005 vintage, is trying to set up a tiny winery. Tim makes wine in the UK and has a small walled vineyard in the new Forest where he is making very interesting sparkling wine.
It was interesting having some time to myself as it’s very rare that I have any time off at all on these European trips I do – the timing of the Renaissance tasting and then the Artisans of Australia tasting in London made this possible.
After Tuscany with Sean O’Callaghan, who for the last 25 years has been making delicious wine at Riecine – the wine and food culture there is just superb, I am now in London for the Artisans of Australia tasting.”
The Artisans of Australia tasting is this weekend in Shoreditch, a trade tasting that is a fantastic opportunity for Castagna to showcase our wines to the UK.
Meanwhile, back in Beechworth, we have been busy getting ready for the release of our latest vintage. Bottling, labelling, the whole shebang!
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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%
At the kitchen table with Adam and Julian Castagna. Photo credit Sarah Ahmed
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