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Julian Castagna never seems to make a bad wine. He runs a great (biodynamic) vineyard and is clearly a wizard in the winery. This 2006 Genesis is tannic and sturdy and serious, and yet it's rich with complex flavour. In short, it has a specialness to it. Pour it into a big glass and you will find yourself mesmerised. It makes you fall in love with Aussie wine all over again. Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh, The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11

Best Organic/Biodynamic Red - The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11

A fascinating biodynamic wine, made in minute quantities. A wine of character - even drama, it's not as exotic as the 2004 and 2005 releases, though the quality is equally as high. It tastes of anise, back-strap leather, smoky, cedary oak and dense dark blackberries. It's taut, dry and meaty too. Orange-rind characters, from fruit, not oak, add a certain X-factor - simply an outstanding wine. 96 points; Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh, The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11

This 2006 release of Castagna Genesis Syrah caught me by surprise. It’s a different beast to the exotically perfumed 2004 and 2005 releases. Then again, the vintage itself was a different beast. Minute quantities. The Castagna estate vineyard all told produced only 10 barrels of red wine in 2006.Taut, tight, meaty wine. Great length. Not as exotic in its spice and fragrance as we’ve seen from Genesis Syrah over the past couple of years, but no lesser in quality. Less fun and frolics; more drama. Anise, backstrap leather, long fine tannin, spicy length. Outstanding wine. Clear, bright flavour. Blackberries but no tar. Orange rind characters from fruit, not oak. Adds that extra something. Power and thrust. Outstanding. 96 Points; Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, Oct 2009


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