The new West Australian Wine Guide is out, and we are overjoyed with the results.
Ray Jordan has been writing about wine for more than 40 years, being published back in the late 70s in the early issues of a national wine magazine. Currently, Ray writes weekly columns in the West Australian on Thursdays and in the Play magazine on Saturdays while contributing to an array of publications and wine shows.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2021 is a compilation of the “crème de la crème” of the WA wine industry. The title first published in 2000, had more than 650 wines submitted from across the Western Australia state and many great whites and reds from 2018 are revealed in this latest edition with a consistently high score from all regions of the state, which is unheard of.
2014 was previously considered the best vintage across WA, however the reviews on vintage 2018 contained in this book overthrown its predecessor as the state’s greatest vintage.
Castelli Estate kept its scores consistent with the past editions and the highlights were:
An immediate assault on the nose with wild melee of roasted cashew, butterscotch, and smoky gunflint. Then deeper stone fruit and kumquat characters peek through. Into the palate, you are in a hedonistic zone layered but focused and controlled intensity. This is a wonderful example of Denmark chardonnay.
This is a serious wine displaying purpose and power at every stage. It is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and malbec. Deep, chocolaty black fruits with a layer of firm savoury oak. It’s still a tight and reserved young thing but in a few years the exuberance of youth will reveal its real style and class. A most polished wine.
This is sourced from Pemberton and gets plenty of treatment to get to the best out some excellent fruit. Toasty, mealy aromas with a peach stone fruit nuance. The palate is intense and penetrating with a deep flavour profile. A little struck match, gun smoke character works through the mix of flavours. Precise long finish.
Castelli Estate Shiraz Malbec 2018 | 95 points
There have been some very good shiraz malbecs in the past, but I can’t recall a better one than this. It is so bloody drinkable. Plush blue fruit mingles with dark blackberry and plum on the nose and palate. The palate feel is the thing. Has those terrific gravelly tannins that add another dimension to the smooth, rounded fruit. Yummo.
The pinots from Castelli continue to evolve. This is, made from five different clones with fruit sourced from Porongurup and Denmark. Perfumed raspberry and cherry notes with a smoky overlay. Into the palate it becomes quite beautiful with layered flavours, fine, silky tannins and a smoky oak cloak. Sappy, lip smacking finish.
Pale pink and onion skin colour provide an enticing bright appearance. The nose is fresh and bright with hints of blackberry and light orange. The palate is keen and crisp with lingering light-bodied flavours. It’s rose in the modern style and it’s pretty good.
The Sum Riesling 2019 |89 points
Scented and pure Riesling from the Great Southern. Lime and other citrus notes on the nose with a trace of that distinctive bath salts character. The palate is fresh, and light bodied with good intensity. Nice short-term wine.
The Sum Shiraz 2018 |89 points
A spicy slightly peppery aroma gets things started. The palate is quite dry with a thread of savoury, dry tannins accentuating the dusty feel in the mouth. It’s medium weight with good fruit intensity and a little oak to spruce it up. Nice drinking over the next few years.
Castelli Estate Riesling 2019|94 points
Castelli Estate Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2019 |90 points
The Sum Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 |90 points
The Sum Sauvignon Blanc 2019 |88 points
The Sum Chardonnay 2019 |88 points