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Castagna Genesis Syrah

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Castagna Genesis Syrah

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Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A deeply complex, ripe and compelling nose of granite dust, plum, blackberry, pepper and baking spices, this is a wine that has terrific allure in the glass; fragrant and enticing. The palate is beautifully balanced and texture is driven by fine sheets of ripe tannins that carry black granitic mineral flavour, dark cherry and a vast array of spices, dark chocolate, and dark plum and cherry stone freshness to close. Thrilling wine.
Good Wine Guide 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A very fine, leaner expression of this wine whose dusty, delicate and peppery bouquet of blackberries, blackcurrant and fine-grained cedar/chocolate oak is lifted by a complex spicy, musky perfume and a scent of violets. Underpinned by ultra-fine, dusty tannins, it's long and supremely elegant, with a reserved presence of deeply layered, slightly leathery and meaty fruit building towards a crescendo of flavour at its long, savoury finish of racy acids and a lingering note of dried herbs.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Julian Castagna has very definite ideas about viticulture (biodynamic), winemaking (minimal interference), and a belief that too many wines are homogenised. He also thinks this may be his best Genesis yet, and it certainly has personality; it overflows with dark berry to full-on black, with herbs, spices, polished leather and bramble, yet is finely drawn and perfectly balanced. It will live for as long as your patience lasts.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Deep, dark and brooding, this deep, oaky shiraz has a faintly minty bouquet of blackberries, cassis and briar lifted by very assertive smoky cedar/chocolate oak and penetrative scents of violets, exotic spices and briar. It's fine-grained, full to medium-bodied but elegant and measured, delivering a very handsomely oaked and faintly subdued expression of dark, sour-edged berry/plum fruit supported by a firmish, but pliant dustiness. The pick of Castagna's 2009 reds.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
The 2008 Genesis is a complex and complete red that has a deep, spicy, fragrant aroma and sweet charcuterie meats; there's earth, pepper, dried plums and red cherries too. The palate's savoury, composed and full of detail, with dark-cherry and plum flavours, nice length and textural drive.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This has dark, brooding, granitic spice and has had time to integrate nicely. Viognier, oak and technique are all led out of the glass by site-driven characters - dark plum and fragrant cherry fruits, some pepper and grilled meats too. The palate makes a fine, medium-weight impression, delivering spiced dark plum flavour on a bed of fine, savoury tannin that runs deep through a dark chocolate-flavoured finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Long, tight and very closed, this young shiraz is presently rather hard-edged and confronting - it needs time to unfold and open. Lifted by floral, tea tin aromas, its spicy, peppery and slightly herbal bouquet of sweet berries, plums, redcurrants and prunes reveals aromas of cloves and a restrained viognier influence. Underpinned by a fine, tight chassis of bony tannin, it's dark and brooding, with a subdued presence of dark plums, berries and meaty, chocolatey oak, finishing long and mineral.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
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.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Sporting more overt ripeness than previous vintages, but retaining that all-important length of vibrant fruit flavour, it manages to avoid over-cooked influences. Its heady, spicy aromas of black pepper, dark plums, cassis and blackberries integrate neatly with mocha like oak and meaty, forest floor undertones. Dark and briary, it's firm, fine-grained and powdery, delivering an excellent length of sour-edged fruit and a hint of minerality that culminates in a long, savoury finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Castagna is a biodynamic estate in north-east Victoria. Its wines are always interesting, and always very high quality. First vintage was 1998. The Genesis Syrah routinely includes a small dash of viognier. 2005 RELEASE The best Genesis syrah yet released. It's a pearler. I just love the proportion of it: the way it slings to all corners of the mouth, washing flavours of kirsch, smoke, chocolate, concentrated blackberry/blueberry and warm summer cherries. Ropes of tannin keep it firm. Drinking it is an exercise in both indulgence and elegance. There are some who believe that this wine is as good as any syrah/shiraz wine ever made in this country, DRINK 2011-2022.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
Exotically perfumed and flavoured.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A Comas-like shiraz whose ethereal, exotically spicy and meaty bouquet of dark cherries, cassis and sweet oak reveals nuances of fennel and cloves, cinnamon and black pepper. Moderately rich, its silky palate of fully ripened dark fruits, spices, smoky oak and powdery tannins finishes with hints of charcuterie.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
Simply gorgeous.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Perhaps the best wine under this label to date, this silky-smooth and deeply flavoured expression of Rhone-influenced Victorian shiraz delivers exceptional freshness and purity of fruit. Its heady perfume of violets, musky spices, cassis, cloves and black pepper reveal earthy undertones and restrained cedary oak. Medium to full in weight, its penetrative expression of vibrant small black berry fruits is tightly wound around a bony spine of fine-grained tannins. Great shape and texture; should live for a long time in the bottle.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2002 Vintage) says
Pretty, powerful, persistent.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the wonderfully complex and aromatic bouquet ranges through tobacco, spice, black pepper, plum and earth, the oak influence very much in the background; the remarkably intense and long palate has all the flavours promised by the bouquet, finishing with high natural acidity to underwrite its development in bottle.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Complex, musky fragrance of red and black berry fruits, briar, plums and dark cherries, lifted by cloves and cinnamon, hints of meat, apricots and forest floor. A fraction spirity, but otherwise restrained and ethereal. Long, supple and fine-grained, it presents almost searingly intense raspberry and dark cherry flavours despite its relative elegance and tightness. Earthy hints of farmyard and cured meats add complexity. Would be marked higher, but a portion of the vineyard appears to have been harvested riper, with some suggestion of dehydration and a loss of freshness. Otherwise an excellent effort.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2001 Vintage) says
Complex yet balanced.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010

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