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The Allegro is a Sparkling Rosé made from the Shiraz grown on the Castagna estate. The 2010 vintage spent four years on lees, slowly developing into the delicious example of "Sparkling hedonism" that Campbell Mattinson observed it is today. This is creamy, luscious, seductive - it makes the heart skip a beat the way only Sparkling can.
What it Tastes Like
"It’s so pretty and yet so powerful. The smell of this wine is so exotically gorgeous; the palate is so determined, so imposing. Strawberries and cream to start; earth and spice, fennel and herbs to taste. You could easily swoon over this if you were in the right mood; it’s quite a remarkable drink. Sparkling hedonism." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
93 points. "It’s so pretty and yet so powerful. The smell of this wine is so exotically gorgeous; the palate is so determined, so imposing. Strawberries and cream to start; earth and spice, fennel and herbs to taste. You could easily swoon over this if you were in the right mood; it’s quite a remarkable drink. Sparkling hedonism." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Biodynamically farmed on the Castagna vineyard, Beechworth. A sparkling Shiraz rosé which rested on lees for four years before disgorgement and with a minimal dosage of only one gram.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2019
About the Producer
One of the icons of the Beechworth wine scene, Castagna is a force of nature. With patriarch Julian Castagna at the helm, this has become one of the prized sites along the famed Beechworth ‘Golden Mile’. The wines, predominantly unique blends of Rhone Valley (and occasionally Italian) varieties, have a power and a presence all of their own. Loved by avid collectors for their remarkable longevity, these are wines of distinct personality.
Beechworth is a small wine producing region with a big reputation. The distinctive terroir in this part of the country produces some of our most iconic wines. If you want serious Chardonnay or Rhone-inspired Shiraz/Syrah, you want to get to know Beechworth. Some of the most powerful cool climate wines in the country hail from here, and some of our future stars are making it their home. The future looks very bright for this champion Victorian region.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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