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5 Medals at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards

18 May 2017 by Alyce Thompson

The 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards have been announced with a Castelli Estate wining a haul of 5 medals including Silver for our 2015 Liris Chardonnay, 2015 Shiraz & 2016 Chardonnay. Judged by the top wine experts from around the globe, the DWWA is the world’s largest and one of the most influential wine competitions. Known for its particularly stringent judging process, we take this win from Decanter as a sign of great things for the future!

2015 Liris Chard – Silver 94 points
2015 Shiraz – Silver 93 points
2016 Chardonnay – Silver 91 points
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze 89 points
2013 Liris Rouge – Bronze 89 points

International Wine Challenge 2017 – Gold for Castelli Estate

6 December 2016 by Alyce Thompson

Now in its 31st year, the IWC is accepted as the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges.

Castelli Estate entered the International Wine Challenge for the first time, with a fantastic result. We entered three wines from our Estate range: 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Bronze), 2014 Estate Shiraz (Silver) and 2015 Estate Chardonnay (Gold!).

Our 2015 Estate Chardonnay was one of only four Gold medals awarded to Australian winemakers. Quite the feat!

Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“Australian winemakers had a phenomenal result at Tranche One of the competition. Never before has any other country received more Gold medals than France in either round of the competition, so this result is a testament to the extraordinary skill of the country’s winemakers. It really blows the competition wide open, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next Tranche of the competition in April next year. From sensational Shiraz, to exquisite Chardonnay and outstanding Semillon, Australian winemakers have impressed across a range of styles. The diversity of Australian wine has never been better. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on any one of these Gold medal winners, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.”

Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2017

22 November 2016 by Alyce Thompson

Ray Jordan’s Wine Guide 2016 is out and Castelli received an array of outstanding scores.

Castelli Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 | 98 points
This isn’t budget priced wine – the recommended retail is about $32 – but when you consider how good it is, then it has to get the nod. It is an exceptional wine that points to the emergence of Frankland River as a cabernet producing region of the highest order. Great wine for the price.
So smooth and seamless with a perfect integration of fruit, oak and tannin. There is power and deep concentration of fruit on the palate and the effortless length carries to a very long finish. Pretty hard to find a fault with a wine of this class.

Castelli Shiraz 2014 | 96 points
Here is the poise and balance of the tightrope walker without all the tension. It just sits so easily with those silky fine slightly chalky tannins, fine grained oak and beautifully weighted fruit. Has a spicy and slightly black pepper influence with just a faint hint of licorice and dark chocolate. This is a class act of the highest order.

Castelli Chardonnay 2015 | 95 points
This is sourced from vineyards in Pemberton, an area that is making some of the finest chardonnays in the state. Opens with a compelling mix of grapefruit and cereal with a trace of stone fruit and slight custard tart. The palate delivers with a long sustained run to the finish packed with roasted nuts, grapefruit and a crunchy lemony zest. Brilliantly focused and long.

Castelli Riesling 2016 | 95 points
This marvellous Riesling from the Great Southern has such a beautiful pristine purity about it. Clean and vibrant with a little lemon zip and dusty sherbet-like characters. Oh boy, if this doesn’t get you drinking Riesling, nothing will. It is a cracker.

Castelli Shiraz Malbec 2014 | 93 points
Super blend of shiraz and malbec, which might seem like unlikely partners, but they work so well. The leafy floral notes of the malbec are superb complements to the richer dark chocolatey plum of the shiraz. So rich and flavoursome, yet with Great Southern elegance and plumpness.

Castelli Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016 | 92 points
This vibrant young blend has received a small amount of partial barrel fermentation, but does it make a difference? You bet. Adds a deft touch of complexity to the palate and changes this from a standard drop to something a little more special. Still retains that essential youthful zest, however.


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