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Mike Garland, Castelli winemaker, is one of a handful of producers pushing Gewürztraminer into new directions. With the Empirica Gewürztraminer he ferments a portion in oak, does some work with lees, looking to add some textural intrigue to this highly distinctive variety. James Halliday was a big fan of this release awarding it 95 points. It's a big mouthful of wine with loads of interest. If you are looking for either a highly aromatic or a powerful, textural white, this is will hit the nail on the head.
What it Tastes Like
"Includes 8% riesling; hand-picked, wild yeast, part fermented in French oak, part in stainless steel, 4 months on lees. I really like this wine, not so much for its varietal expression as much as the overall balance, harmony and juicy mouthfeel, flavours of lemon and lime zest woven through a gossamer touch of oak." - James Halliday
95 points. "Includes 8% riesling; hand-picked, wild yeast, part fermented in French oak, part in stainless steel, 4 months on lees. I really like this wine, not so much for its varietal expression as much as the overall balance, harmony and juicy mouthfeel, flavours of lemon and lime zest woven through a gossamer touch of oak." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
SEASON NOTES The 2015 vintage was slightly earlier than normal for the white varieties. Crop loads were low with some inclement weather at flowering, which allowed the canopies to cope easily with the fruit load and produce intense flavour profiles. The small crop load combined with fine weather and the lack of extreme conditions in December/January promoted early flavour and sugar development. With high temperatures in early March careful attention to selection non-exposed fruit was critical to reduce phenolic extraction. WINEMAKING Fruit was hand harvested to reduce the impact of exposed fruit and minimise phenolic extration. Some extended skin contact (post crushing/cooling)was used to enhance mouthfeel and aromatic extraction. The free run fraction (580L/T) and pressings were treated and fermented separately with the free run fermented at 12-14 °C and the pressings slightly warmer. Part of the free run fraction was fermented with indigenous yeast in small (older) oak vessels for complexity. All parcels were fined separately then blended according to taste. The addition of some Riesling helps tighten the palate and provide lift to the floral aromatics. TASTING NOTE The aim of this wine was to provide elegance, balance and complexity whilst preserving the highly aromatic qualities of the variety. With the use of several small batch winemaking techniques, each designed to bring something different to the wine and careful attention to detail (particularly with fermentation control) we’re confident that we’ve achieved our goal. Intense rose petal and orange blossom aromas have been encased with a balanced mouthfeel and texture; beautifully pure and enticingly complex.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Castelli Wines is one of the true juggernauts of the Great Southern wine region. With vineyards scattered across the entire sprawling region, Castelli have been a force for quality and value for more than a decade.
The Great Southern is the largest wine region in the country. Though more and more, the label “Great Southern” is becoming redundant. It is the sub-regional exploration of terroir which is distinguishing this region. From Frankland River to Porongorup, from Mount Barker to Denmark, the detailed and stylish wines emerging from these sub-regions are some of the most intriguing in the country. No longer a “poor man’s Margaret River”, whether you love Riesling, Cabernet, Shiraz or Pinot, this stunning cool climate region will blow you away with the value and refinement inherent in everything it produces. And the good thing is, it is only getting better.
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