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Ray Jordan’s Wine Guide 2020

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.