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The pioneer of grape growing within the Hastings River region of New South Wales, Cassegrain Wines is also steeped in French heritage dating as far back as 1643.
Winemaker, John Cassegrain of the Loire Valley, established his Port Macquarie vineyard in 1980, fusing French winemaking with Australian technology to produce full-bodied, soft, elegant wines with a point of difference.
He was the first to introduce the Chambourcin grape variety into Australia on the advise of the CSIRO and has also received high acclaim for the more unusual grape varieties produced at Cassegrain Wines, including Tempranillo.
The winemaking philosophy at Cassegrain Wines is based around the belief that great wines are made in the vineyard with the utmost importance placed on ensuring fruit is of the highest quality.
Cassegrain Wine Types
Sauvignon Blanc comes from Tumbarumba, Chardonnay from the New England and Hastings River regions, Shiraz from Cowra and Hunter Valley for Semillon. Cassegrain Wines was also the first in Australia to grow Chambourcin commercially, and continues to do so today.
Cassegrain Wine Range
The Cassegrain portfolio encompasses three ranges: Premium, Reserve and Limited Release.
|Wine Region||Hastings River|
|Address||764 Fernbank Creek Road, Port Macquarie, NSW, 2444, Australia|
|Phone||(02) 6582 8377|
(Orange & New England) Light to very light colour. Shy, restrained aroma, lightly malty. The palate is very light and somewhat weak, falls away and lacks intensity and concentration. Fairly short finish, too. Lacks chardonnay character
(New England & Central Ranges) Light yellow colour. Clean, fresh, pleasant aroma. Oily in the glass. Nectarine. The palate is very light and a bit watery. Short finish. No faults: just lacks concentration. Oxidative style.
Echoes of a fine Falernian booze of choice for the well-heeled Roman. Our first and last impressions were positive - in between we had some doubts. Most folks will enjoy drinking this, though perhaps it's not one for the more technical tasters. ...