‘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.

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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

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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

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…

Ten Questions with Milton Wordley

Julian and Adam met with Milton Wordley Photographer earlier this year, to chat about all things Castagna, as part of Milton’s ‘People of Wine: Ten Questions’ project.

Covering everything from biodynamics and viticulture, to Julian’s personal history and wine making views, this interview is well worth a read. Click here to get a fascinating glimpse into the history and philosophy of Castagna, as well as some delightful images.

Castagna vineyard. Adam and Alexis. BrothersPhoto by Milton Wordley

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

Vintage 2016 – our experience through photos

Some words and images from Alexis Castagna.

Photos of my experience during vintage 2016 at the farm, I had an absolute blast. Castagna and ‪#‎AdamsRibWines‬, see you soon for ‪#‎chestnuts‬ ‪#‎bottling‬ ‪#‎oliveoil‬ and ‪#‎openday2016‬.

At last, a quiet moment. Just my brother and I.

Random patterns on the press #beauty and #chaos

Random patterns on the press #beauty and #chaos

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Adam showing his true colours.

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Castagna – Best Cellar Door

For the second year running Castagna has been awarded in the Gourmet Traveller WINE’s annual Cellar Door Awards. It is truly is lovely to be recognised like this once again. To experience Castagna for yourself, head to our Contact page to make an appointment.

Gourmet Traveller WINE 2016 Cellar Door Award - Best Tasting Experience Alpine Valleys/Beechworth

Gourmet Traveller WINE 2016 Cellar Door Award – Best Tasting Experience Alpine Valleys/Beechworth

Vintage 2016. Almost done. 

The pressing part of Vintage 2016 is nearly done. It’s sticky, grapey work but someone has to do it! Adam has just pressed one of our whites fermented on skins. For those of you curious to experience whites with skin contact, head to our Wines page for tasting notes for our yummy 2013 Grower’s Selection Harlequin.

Adam Castagna celebrating the last white press (and yes, he has pants on!)

Adam Castagna celebrating the last white press (and yes, he has pants on!)

Adam pushing out the last of those beautiful grapes.

Adam getting out the last of those beautiful grapes, ready to be pressed.