In 2004, the Castelli’s dream of a family-owned winery became a reality when, upon the slopes of Mt Shadforth, the Castelli Estate property was purchased - A 120 acre farm which overlooks Wilson’s Inlet, Mt. Lindesay and the lush countryside around Denmark.
The property was acquired with a semi-complete winery which, with the family’s extensive construction and engineering experience, was later completed in 2006. With a strong commitment to quality, the next twelve months were spent putting together a highly talented winemaking team. The Castelli family enticed winemakers Mike Garland and Andrew Hoadley to come on board in what were the beginnings of one of today’s most promising Western Australian boutique wine brands.
Aim in attempting a wine as bold as this was to create a wine we believed could represent the style best suited to the cool climate of Denmark, and specifically the unique properties of these two vineyards. Inspired by the modernist Grand Cru producers of Chablis (e.g. Domaine Servin), in particular from the areas of Le Clos and Blanchot. It was the vineyard that drove the direction of this wine, with the level of flavour intensity governing the amount of oak and winemaking influence. The winemakers describe this as a chardonnay for “Riesling Freaks” with its tight structure and piercing acidity, however at its heart is the purity of Chardonnay character.
This wine is not about to sit down and discuss its merits. If you don?t get it the first moment, get on your bike. Chardonnay seldom has as much power and drive as this, but what is more striking is that it is luscious peach and nectarine providing the flavour, not citrus or oak. All this from 13% alcohol. Amazing. Rating: 98 Points; Drink by: 2030; Price: $65.00; Date Tasted: March 2016; Alcohol: 13%; James Halliday Wine Companion
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