James Halliday Wine Companion awards are the result of hundreds of hours of tasting by the Halliday Wine Companion team.
Every year, James Halliday and his tasting panel pinpoint the best Australian wines, winemakers and wineries from a pool of several thousand featured in the annual Halliday Wine Companion guide. In 2021 the pannel reviewed over 9000 Australian wines and Western Australia drops the top new wine guide.
Castelli Estate was shortlisted as “best value winey of the year” alongside 6 other Great Southern wineries.
We are proud to once again retain our 5 stars ratings & being among 4% of the best Australian Wineries with high scores
Some kind words about our wines were written by Erin Larkin as per the score & reviews below. Both the book and the wines are available for purchase now.
66/27/7% cabernet/shiraz/malbec. Matured in French oak (70% new). Ferrous, gravel, ironstone, graphite, satsuma plum, raspberry, blood and red licorice. The oak is there but requires effort to find it among the cavalcade of flavours. The tannins are omnipresent. This is a beast, but a friendly one. A lifetime awaits it, if you have the patience. Otherwise drink now, it’s ready.
Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 |96 POINTS
Hooley Dooley. Castelli seems to be in the habit of producing great wines. No complaints from us, the drinkers. This is a harmonious, powerful and exciting rendition, not only of Cabernet sauvignon, but of the Frankland River regional characteristics of the grape. Grave, ferrous, salted cassis. Licorice. It’s a cracker. Supple and dense at once. This will age, too. Buy it and drink now or when your newborn turns 15.
Il Liris Chardonnay 2019 | 96 POINTS
The Il liris Chardonnay is one of the shining chardonnay lights in the region. Freshly picked and crushed curry leaf, toasted, crushed macadamia and ripe, dripping yellow peach. The acidity on the palate is bright and salty, the texture is shaped by fine phenolics. This is luxurious, but not in a sweet, opulent way. Rather, in a pred-back, 6-star hotel’s every detail considered kind of way. Very long. Awesome.
Castelli Estate Chardonnay 2019 | 95 POINTS
Mostly handpicked, with some machine picked at night. Roughly 50/50% inoculated/ wild ferment, all in French oak (40% new) with a small portion undergoing MLF; regular batonnage. Toasty, spice oak on the nose and interwoven throughout the palate. Abundant ripe stone fruit in the mouth plays into the hands of salty acid and the cushioning catch of oak. Home run
This kind of quality under $20? Bring it on. This is the younger, sweeter, juicier and pumpler sibling to the Estate Cabernet. It has all the regional greatness from Frankland: ferrous, gravel, petrichor and firm tannin structure. But in this context, all of it gently sidles up to bouncy blackcurrant fruit and leaves us with a glass of straight -up pleasure. Cheap doesn’t mean ‘cheap’ – if you want to learn this lesson, start here.
Reductive, powerfully structures and packed full of ripe, dense, dark fruit. This verges on huge, such is the extracted tannin and coarse pepper on the palate. The texture of the tannins on the palate is very attractive – chalky, silty and omnipresent. Good length of flavour reveals the quality of the operation
Estate Pinot Noir 2019 | 93 POINTS
A blend of Porongurup and Denmark Fruit. Some whole bunches in the ferment. Spicy, stemmy and sappy, this has a really satisfying (almost quenching) cherry/pomegranate character on the palate. The length of flavour curls around, repeating on itself like a reverberation canyon.
The Sum Riesling 2020 |92 POINTS
Lemon blossom, lime zest and bath salts – this is lifted and very pretty. The palate follows suit just as the nose has laid out, with a bit more body and richness than expected. All things in balance and with good length of flavour, this is a ripper for the price.
The Sum Shiraz 2019 | 91 POINTS
Satsuma Plum, Blackberry, petrichor and exotic spice on the nose. On the palate this is supple, bouncy and chewy, packed with layers of flavour and texture. Brilliant value, short to medium- term drinking here.
The Sum Sauvignon Blanc 2020 | 90 POINTS
Slightly sweaty, tangy and citrusy, this is a vibrant expression of sauvignon blanc, and very good drinking for the money.
The Sum Rose 2020 | 90 POINTS
Rose is for pleasure-this is pleasure. Raspberry, pomegranate and redcurrant overlaid with some exotic spice and held together by briny acid. A lovely rose, perfect for summer and certainly some barbecue prawns.
The Sum Chardonnay 2020 – 89 POINTS
Light, bright, tangy chardonnay with creamy backbone. A mix of oak treatments and fermentation vessels.