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Vintage Report 2020

11 March 2020 by Ana Fiore

Vintage 2020 goes for the record as the earliest in the recent history.

Arguably, 2020 is the earliest vintage on record with pretty much all the white varieties completed before the end of February which is unheard of. A small Sauvignon Blanc parcel from Pemberton and the home block Chardonnay which is usually last white in the district to be picked in early March.

It was warm and dry conditions throughout 2019 that speed up the vineyard cycle across the Great Southern. The native trees blossomed earlier too giving birds plenty of food and keeping them away from the vineyard minimising damage to the fruit. Very little disease pressure due to a very dry season, and the particularly hot days guaranteed steady berries ripening.

Although 2020 is a very high-quality vintage, virtually every pick, throughout the entire region has been approximately 50 per cent down, with some varieties yield being down by 70 per cent. It really has caught all viticulturalists by surprise as by appearance the crops look generally on par with most other seasons. The real difference is in bunch and berry size – they are considerably small. On the upside of that – tiny berries equal lots of intensity and flavour.

In sum, the 2020 fruit will make outstanding wines, but very little of them, making this vintage a very rare one.

 

handpicking Chardonnay at Castelli's home block

Ray Jordan’s Wine Guide 2020

3 December 2019 by Ana Fiore

Ray Jordan is Western Australia’s leading wine writer who has been writing about wine for more than 30 years, and is best known for his annual Western Australian Wine Guide (first published 2002). Ray currently writes two regular weekly columns in The West Australian and the West Weekend magazine, while also contributing to other publications.

Ray Jordan is Western Australia’s leading wine writer who has been writing about wine for more than 30 years, and is best known for his annual Western Australian Wine Guide (first published 2002). Ray currently writes two regular weekly columns in The West Australian and the West Weekend magazine, while also contributing to other publications.

The 2020 Wine guide is now available, and we are pleased the reviews!

Castelli Sauvignon Blanc Semillon | 92 Points

This is a brilliant little wine blend. Has a surprising texture and palate feel for the standard version of this blend. Tropical fruits showing typical passionfruit and guava add lift. But it’s the mouthfeel which is so good. IT comes from a small amount of barrel fermentation.

Castelli Riesling 2018 | 93 Points

Beautifully crafted Riesling displaying all the good things about this variety from the Great Southern. Bath salts and a touch of lemon sherbet-like influence. The palate has a fine, spicy minerality and a little citrus lift. Like the crisp acid which holds the palate line to a long finish. Will easily handle 10 years in the cellar.

Castelli Estate Chardonnay 2018 | 95 Points
This is sourced from Pemberton, an area well suited to Chardonnay. Cereal and butterscotch aromas play with a little struck match and cashew. The palate is deeply intense and powerful, with tremendous persistence. Nice savoury finish completes a very good wine.

Castelli Il Liris Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Malbec 2016 | 97 points

Wonderful blend of cabernet shiraz malbec captures the essential qualities and characters of these varieties to create something quite special Leafy Black fruit notes on the nose with traces of mocha and dark chocolate. A little cabernet graphite poke as well. The palate is sublimely balanced with deep intensity and power. Chalky and slightly powdery tannins with excellent oak put the final touches on a very good wine.

Castelli Estate Il Liris Chardonnay |97 Points
This is where the guys push some boundaries. The results a fabulously presented chardonnay. Engaging aromas of Butterscotch, gun flint and roasted cashew. The palate is multi-layered and tremendously complex and rich. Dry, savoury edge to the palate which extends to a very long finish exceptional.


4 Medals at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards

22 May 2019 by Ana Fiore

The 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards have been announced with Castelli Estate winning 4 medals including Silver for our 2017 Liris Chardonnay, 2017 Shiraz & 2018 Riesling. 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!

2017 Liris Chard – Silver 94 points
2017 Shiraz – Silver 91 points
2018 Riesling – Silver 92 points
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze 86 points

Castelli Estate medals_decanter_2019

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