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Castelli Estate Shiraz

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What do you get if you put an Italian in Denmark? An Australian Shiraz of course. The Denmark in question is in Western Australia and the Italian is Sam Castelli, a man hell bent on making the best boutique wine possible from his patch of dirt.

Winemaker's Notes

This vineyard continues to impress and develop. The wine displays dense aromas of mulberries and touches of spiced chocolate and licorice. The palate is full bodied with the opulent fruit flavour supported by elegant, velvety tannins. The oak is seamlessly integrated with the fruit and fine tannin structure. A full bodied palate with the rich fruit flavour sitting nicely on the mid palate and supported by elegant, velvety tannins. This wine will be able to be confidently cellared over the next 10 years.

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Castelli Estate Shiraz

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Vibrant purple-crimson; a perfectly built cool-grown shiraz, making you wonder why look elsewhere; the bouquet is highly expressive, the counterbalance of the red & black fruits, spice, pepper, fine-grained tannins & French oak perfectly judged.
By 2033
Wine Companion
96
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Vibrant purple-crimson; a perfectly built cool-grown shiraz, making you wonder why look elsewhere; the bouquet is highly expressive, the counterbalance of the red & black fruits, spice, pepper, fine-grained tannins & French oak perfectly judged.
By 2033
Wine Companion
96
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright purple hue; the bouquet offers an expressive blend of mulberry, clove and mocha; the medium-bodied palate is fresh and lively with tightly wound fruits sitting neatly alongside firm tannins and fresh acidity; worth cellaring to let all components fully integrate.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
94
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
You get a fair idea of how good Frankland River shiraz can be with this stunner. Aromas of varietal savouriness with a sprinkling of spices and black pepper with heaps of plum pudding, dark chocolate and light cedar. The palate is so deep and layered with complex savoury earthy characters balancing the sweet fruit texture on the middle palate. Very long and rich. A wine that will improve with extended cellaring.
The West Australian Wine Guide
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
The West Australian
95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple; black fruits, spice and licorice mark the bouquet; the full-bodied palate has a touch of bitter chocolate as well as black fruits; tannin and oak very well balanced and integrated.
2029
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Striking crimson-purple; the bouquet swells with spice, black cherry and satsuma plum, the palate marrying intensity with elegance in a way only cool climates can achieve, the slightly savoury finish yet another plus.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Castelli Estate is a new name on the Australian wine scene, and by the looks of it, it's a name we'll be hearing a lot of. Classy wine - medium weight in terms of intensity but magnificently structured and very finely flavoured. Look for notes of plum and spicy, coffeed oak, as well as earthen, olive-like characters too. Or better still - just rest back and drink a couple of glasses of it. It's quite beautiful.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright purple -crimson; a fresh, light- to medium-bodied wine with spicy/peppery cool-grown characters to its red fruits; has good tannin texture, although is overall a little too oaky.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
A wonderfully soft and supple shiraz that just oozes "drink me"". It's all style and elegance with supple and ripe tannins, a silky smooth palate and fine-grained oak. Medium-bodied with a nice spicy life.
The West Australian, 2009 2009
91

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