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Ray Jordan’s Wine Guide 2019

29 November 2018 by Ana Fiore

Ray Jordan has been writing about wine for more than 30 years, and is Western Australia’s leading wine writer, popular for his annual West Australian Wine Guide (published each year, since 2002). While contributing to other publications, Ray writes two weekly columns in The West Australian and the West Weekend Magazine.
The 2019 Wine guide is now available and we are very happy with the reviews!

Castelli Pinot Noir 2016 | 96 Points | Best of the West
This is a most impressive pinot noir. It’s light-bodied but wow it really packs plenty into its tight but firmish frame. Five clones have been used to bring a distinct complexity on the nose and palate. Fragrant and enticingly perfumed with strawberry and sour cherry notes. Into the palate the firm thread of tannins play their pivotal role, while the lingering acidity is defining. Super wine.

Castelli Shiraz Malbec 2016 | 92 Points |Best Cellaring wines up to $25
I have been a fan of this wine previously and this stacks up well, although it shows slightly more peppery characters than previously. Might seem an unlikely pairing, but by gee it works well. Aromas show a leafy floral character while slightly deep dark fruits provide a captivating stylishness on the palate.

Castelli Estate Chardonnay 2017 | 95 Points
Lots of Winemaking in this excellent Chardonnay. All barrel fermented with full solids to gather texture and rich complexity on the palate. It’s Creamy and rich with a lavish, layered palate that is held with a tight core of fruit and oak and extended with crisp minerally acidity. Shows the virtues of Pemberton for chardonnay.

Castelli Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 | 95 points
This is sourced from Frankland River. Captures all the generous supple characters with the essential core of firm tannin and fine-grained oak. Varietal blackcurrant with chocolate and plummy graphite nuances. Makes an assertive statement, allowing it to extend to a very long finish. Impressive stately cabernet here.

Castelli Estate Il Liris 2015 |96 Points
This is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and malbec. It is such a precisely balanced red wine with plush velvety smooth fruit supported with fine powdery tannins and silky fine oak. Lots of dark-fruit characters on the palate with a deep concentration and power. A very good vintage has been expertly captured here.

Estate Pinot Noir 2016_ best of the west

Perth’s New Urban Cellar Door Experience

6 June 2018 by Ana Fiore

Wine lovers wanting to sample the Great Southern cellar door experience will no longer need to travel outside of Perth. Castelli Estate is set to open an urban cellar door in their stylish new premises in Myaree.

Castelli Estate has a proud history of making award-winning wines since they first fulfilled a long-held family dream in 2004 – purchasing 120 acres of idyllic wine producing country on Mount Shadforth in Denmark, WA. A capacity of 500 tonnes and the industry’s most advanced winemaking equipment help make Castelli Estate a world-class, state-of-the-art facility and their numerous awards and accolades are testament to their absolute commitment to the winemaking process.

The Castelli range of wines has had unparalleled success for a relatively new brand. Their entire range, from their entry-level bottlings through to their premium wines, have taken out countless awards, medals and trophies, and have received critical acclaim from Australia’s top wine journalists – including Ray Jordan’s ‘Most Promising Producer’ and the coveted James Halliday ratings; ‘✭✭✭✭✭ 5 Red Star Winery’ & ‘Best by Region’ awards.

The new Castelli Estate cellar door opens its doors officially on Thursday the 7th of June at 6.00pm, at 58 McCoy Street, Myaree.
Going forward, the new cellar door will provide facilities for corporate bookings, personalised wine experiences, and will be open by appointment Mon-Friday, and to the general public each Saturday between 11am-5pm.

Myaree Cellar Door

Vintage Report 2018, by Mike Garland

25 May 2018 by Alyce Thompson

As the winery is filled with intense aromas of rich blackcurrant, whilst pressing off our best Cabernet block, it’s time to reflect on yet another cracking vintage in the Great Southern.

I know it sounds like a bit of a cliché or marketing spin but the 2018 vintage really was one of the best we’ve ever seen – with some tricky times over the past couple of vintages (albeit good results) it was pleasing to see a ‘perfect’ season unfold.

With steady rainfall over the July – September period (460mm), allowing adequate soil moisture, the vines got off to a good start with ample spring growth providing a strong, balanced canopy for the warmer months. Crop levels across the board were at optimum levels, much lower than 2017, reducing the need for dropping of fruit to achieve adequate ripeness. A very dry, mild October and November meant for excellent conditions over flowering – very even and consistent. With this dry period causing some concern amongst Vignerons it was almost as is the rain-gods were listening. A healthy drop of rain (50mm) during December allowed the canopies to be working at full capacity and build some resilience for the summer months ahead. The summer temperatures were mild (averaging 21-23°C) and sunny, absolutely perfect for cool climate viticulture. Slow, even fruit development with great acid retention.

Vintage started on the 15th February with the intake of all our sparkling varieties (Chardonnay and Pinot), closely followed a week later with the influx of Riesling. Acid retention and crisp ripe flavours were underlying features of this year’s Riesling fruit; with virtually no disease or bird pressure picking was based purely on flavour development. Early March saw the harvest of Chardonnay and Pinot for table wine and as with the Riesling harvest we were able to pick all at optimal condition and ripeness; we were lucky to secure some excellent Porongurup Riesling and Pinot this year – so something to look out for.

I think you will get the gist of vintage this year – with the various varieties all behaving and ripening as they should we were able maintain some degree of order this year (which is very unusual at vintage!). As if almost on queue – once the Chardonnay and Pinots had been safely picked and fermented it simply cruised on to the picking of Shiraz at the end of March and then just as we pressed out the Shiraz, it was time for Cabernet to come in. 2018 will be a simply stunning year for reds. The balance of ripeness, tannins, colour, acidity and of course flavour is truly amazing and it will be great to see how these develop. Lots of interesting stuff out there, like some bush vine Tempranillo and Rhone clone Shiraz (470&174), but it will be the usual big-guns of Acacia Shiraz and Riversdale Cabernet (and Shiraz) that will no doubt be the pick of the bunch.

It was also pleasing to see the quality of the Chardonnay and Pinot off the home block this year and seeing what this site has to offer – the Chardonnay in particular was stunning (Il Liris ’18 looking great).

Anyway, only 3 more press loads to go – then maybe time for a beer (or two) and reflect on another stunning vintage.

Winery sunset in Denmark

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