PRODUCER: Having purchased a few acres of grapes, and bought a little bit of fruit, Julian Castagna made his first vintage of wine in 1998 with the help of neighbour Rick Kinzbrunner, of Giaconda. Twelve years on, Castagna has more than arrived. He is thoughtful and thought-provoking, interesting and argumentative, a vigneron’s vigneron.
WINEMAKING: The winemaking is very traditional using only their own vineyard's indigenous yeast with minimal interference. Elevage varies between 18-20 months using only the very best, tight grain French oak available, about half of which is new each year.
TASTING NOTES: The Nebbiolo gives the wine tension and structure with the Shiraz giving it a lovely roundness. The nose speaks of worn leather, freshly turned earth, some tar and rose petal, and just a hint of Chinese five spice. In the mouth there are lovely floral hints and suggestions of raspberry, cherry and anise.