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.
This kind of quality for under $20? Bring it on. This is the younger, sweeter, juicier and plumper sibling to the estate cabernet. It has all the regional greatness from Frankland: ferrous, gravel, petrichor and firm tannin structure. But in this context, all of it gently sidles up to bouncy blackcurrant fruit and leaves us with a glass of straight-up pleasure. Cheap doesn't mean 'cheap' – if you want to learn this lesson, start here. Drink to: 2028; Price: $18.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2020; Alcohol: 14.7%; Rating: 94 Points & Special Value Star; Erin Larkin; James Halliday Wine Companion
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