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.
2018 was slow to get out of the blocks with a cool, overcast spring slowing grape ripening which helped develop amazing fruit flavours and zingy natural acids. Crop levels were up after perfect flowering conditions, but some fruit thinning was needed to maintain intense and high quality fruit. Like 2016, the Riesling was outstanding.
Mt Barker gives rose petals and jasmine overlying crushed limes, whilst Frankland River contributes exciting grapefruit zest with hints of spice. These flavours carry onto the palate with the lime and grapefruit dancing across slatey natural acid to a satisfyingly dry finish. As with most Great Southern Rieslings this wine is very attractive and approachable in its youth, however for those with patience will be rewarded from 6-8 years careful cellaring.
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