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 2018 Wine Guide has been released and we are very proud of the results!
Castelli Estate Chardonnay 2016 | 94 points
Castelli gets this fruit from Pemberton. This is a super little wine displaying so many appealing qualities and complexities. Nose of slight char and struck match with a mealy roasted cashew character. Into the palate other influences of nougat and stone fruit emerge. And it’s all held along tight lines through to the finish.
Castelli Il Liris Chardonnay 2016 | 96 points
This is a 100 percent Denmark-sourced wine. It’s right at the pinnacle for Castelli. There is a beautiful purity and lifted vitality about it. Yet there is also a deeper lurking complexity of slightly funky characters that make for an intriguing merging of the ways. Savoury with a very dry flinty finish. This is chardonnay at the top end and mighty good stuff.
Castelli Il Liris Rouge 2013 | 95 points
A super ripe and super saturated blend of cabernet sauvignon shiraz and malbec from the Great Southern. It’s so powerful and plush with concentrated intensity driven by the powerful statement of the cabernet. The shiraz clearly fills the middle palate while the floral notes of malbec add another dimension on the nose. A decent lick of oak and substantial grainy chalky tannins add the structure.
Castelli Estate Shiraz 2015 | 95 points
Beautiful example of Great Southern shiraz. It’s more medium bodied than full but with such deep fruit intensity. Grainy palate with noticeable blueberry and peppery notes complemented with a strap or two of licorice. There’s distinguishing brightness and vital feel that makes it such an attractive wine. The French oak influence is superb.
Castelli Shiraz Malbec 2015 | 90 points
Oh yes, you get a lot of bang for your buck in this somewhat unusual blend,. It’s lush and fruity almost, with masses of dark chocolate, blueberry and satsuma plum. The fruit is a juicy rich concoction with fine supporting tannins and a decent hit of oak. Sweet fruit characters complete a great current drinking wine.