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Great Southern Riesling is some of the finest in the country.
The difference from vineyard to vineyard in this huge wine region can be shocking. To get the best of all worlds, for the Castelli Estate Riesling, winemaker Mike Garland sources three different vineyards to make a wine that truly represents the region.
This is a cracking Riesling. A wine of fierce acidity, form and line. If you like it young, crisp and refreshing, this is your guy, but if you are happy to wait, there’s a big future ahead of this wine and it will definitely reward the patient.
What It Tastes Like
It’s like a Riesling laser beam. Lemons and lime juice wrapped tightly around a core of electric acidity. Minerally and quartz like. It’s softly floral on the nose but really it’s the lightning strike in the mouth that is the hallmark. Sheesh!
95 points. “Quartz-white; the bouquet is pungently floral, with wild flower aromas joining citrus and apple blossom. The palate moves decisively to lime juice within the framework of talcy acidity, the aftertaste little short of spectacular.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
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.
The fruit was harvested in the cool of night to preserve fruit intensity and minimal delay in processing time. Some pre-pressing cold maceration occurred to maximise mid palate texture. Early separation of free run and pressings (~470L/T) allowed for the delicacy of the variety to be preserved and minimise phenolics. Only free run juice was used for this wine. Fermentation was carried out under temperature controlled conditions (12-14°C) using R-HST yeast to dryness.
This wine is the essence of what the Great Southern has to offer for Riesling. Sourced from three outstanding vineyards that each play a role in bringing different aspects to the overall wine. The lifted floral and rose petal aromas are perfectly balanced on a central citrus/lime core with talcy acidity and textural mid-palate weight. There are some very attractive nuances of musk lollies and crushed wildflowers. Typical of Great Southern Rieslings, the wine is very attractive in its youth but the biggest smiles will be with those who have the patience to cellar for 8-10 years.
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.
Riesling is the king of white grapes. With unparalleled versatility, it rightfully carries the ‘Noble’ name tag. We make extraordinary Riesling in Australia, from far and wide. From the classic searing, razor-sharp styles in the Clare and Eden Valleys to the fragrant and enchanting wines of the Great Southern, Australian Riesling is a chameleon that can take on many forms. Sweet, steely, lean or textured, the world of Riesling is a thing of wonder that should be explored by all true lovers of wine.
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