❁ Castagna (Beechworth) www.castagna.com.au
Julian Castagna Ressom Lane, Beechworth, VIC 3747
Tel: 03 5728 2888 Fax: 03 5728 2898
There are few biodynamic estates in Australia but this is already the most important. The small estate is based just outside Beechworth at 500m elevation and benefits from hot days and cool nights. The Beechworth region has been slow to take off despite the reputation of GIACONDA but as Castagna and others become better known this seems certain to change. Julian Castagna has decided to concentrate on Syrah and Viognier with some Sangiovese in contrast to the mostly Burgundian orientated Giaconda. Given the biodynamic stance, he also relies only on indigenous yeasts, again unusual in Australia, running counter to mainstream thinking in the industry. The top two wines are the Genesis Syrah which is intense, dense example with lots of extract and Un Segreto, a beautifully weighted, intense blend of Sangiovese and Shiraz with lifted incense spice and liquorice. Both are relatively cool, individual and highly expressive examples of Shiraz/Syrah and Sangiovese. In order to show its full potential Genesis Shiraz needs to be given 10 years, while Un Segreto just starts to hits straps at five years and will keep going 10 years plus. A second Shiraz, Sauvage offers some of the same wild black and red fruits intensity along with a mineral, licorice aspect, if not the same concentration or extra depth and complexity but this too needs some time – at least 5 years. A bold and powerful rosé Allegro also comes from Shiraz but is less interesting than La Chiave from Sangiovese which is sleek, stylish and almost certainly the best yet made in Australia. Viognier, bottled as Ingénue, rounds out the range and has decent structure and an elegance rarely seen in this variety ‘down under’.The wines are bottled unfiltered. Adam’s Rib White and Red (not tasted) are the entry level wines.
To find out more about Castagna and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide here..
Or indeed you can check out the Main Guide that is 2250 pages, reviews over 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines here …