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

 

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.

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Spring Winery Dogs Castagna Beechworth

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

 

Beechworth and Castagna – wet but still glorious!

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.

Grey Beechworth skies and baby vine leaves

Grey Beechworth skies and baby vine leaves

rain clouds Beechworth Castagna Vineyard Winery

More rain forecast for Beechworth and the North East

wine barrel statue Castagna Winery Beechworth

Everyone is a little wet here…

 

Spring is here at Castagna (almost!)

Well it is Spring, but you wouldn’t know it! Rainy and cool today, with clouds flying across the sky. It is lovely and green here at Castagna and the buds are just beginning to burst. So bring on the sunshine!

grape vines buds Castagna Beechworth wine

Bud Burst

Castagna Beechworth wine grape vines

Pruning Off cuts and the view toward Stanley

Castagna biodynamics Beechworth

Chamomile in our biodynamic vegie garden, looking through to a very full lake

Castagna Vineyard Beechworth

Castagna Vineyard

 

Vintage 2016

What an incredible vintage 2016 has been. Here we are in a cool climate Beechworth yet everything is off before the end of summer. Shiraz, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo all picked in the same week – quite unthinkable yet the flavours seem really, really good with fantastic beguiling aromas; time will tell.

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Checking out what’s in fermenting in the egg with Mr Piphare.

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Open Day 2015

Another heavenly day for Open Day. This time of year shows Beechworth at its very best.  Why would you be anywhere else? It’s really lovely to have so many of our long-time customers all together. I guess Open Day has become a bit of a tradition as it is now in its 5th year. Here are a few photographs as a memory of the day.

Some thoughts on vintage 2011

There has been much talk and discussion within our industry since harvest about the quality or otherwise of vintage 2011 on the eastern seaboard. I’ve read reports which range from ‘fantastic all that water was just what the vines needed after all those years of drought’ to ‘dreadful we won’t be making any of our top wine’. I have no idea which of those two extremes is true. What I do know is what we grew in 2011 is awful and I have decided that we will release no wine at all, of that vintage. The actions needed because of the disease pressure, and the excessive amount of water which was taken up by the vines, changed the very character of the wine we made – the wine does not taste or smell like a Castagna wine – so I would prefer it not to be released under our label. The upside is that both the 2009 and 2010 vintages are excellent, but it does mean that the 2010 Allegro, which becomes available with this release – there isn’t very much – will be the last until after vintage 2012, in about November 2012.