Castagna 2015 Barbarossa (Nebbiolo)

Maximum of 1 bottle allowed per order.

“The damn thing is as much a smudge of blood-stained ecstasy as a drink. ” Philip White



“Castagna held back his Nebbiolo for all those decades. It wasn’t the way he wanted it, so rather than awarding it the full-blown Castagna label he hid the wine in blends in their secondary Adam’s Rib line. Now, finally, in such limited volume it was all gone before I even got to it, we have this rather spiritual experience he’s called Castagna Barbarossa, a cheeky reflection of barbary rouge more than a piss-take of our big Lutheran valley. the damn thing is as much a smudge of blood-stained ecstacy as a drink. As with the finest Italianate takes on this ancient, wild variety, there’s a gentle wash of something approaching raspberry and redcurrant, rose petals and floral musk, which seems to coincidentally bring with it a cloud, an insinuative wisp of tannin that occupies the heavens rather than the wine’s animal earth. It’s the best Italianate rapture in my holy book.”  Phillip White

A light ruby to garnet, belying the intensity of flavour and the myriad of textures and nuances that await in the glass. Blood and satsuma plum. Orange rind. Wood smoke, rose water and a dank, carnal underbelly of bushland and mulch combine along a spindle of dry, structural focus: deftly poised edgy tannins and bright, palate-whetting acidity. Tasted even better the next day, expanding impressively across the palate with an endearing sweetness.” Ned Goodwin