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2016 Castagna La Chiave

Beechworth, VIC

The premium Sangiovese offering from the great Castagna vineyard.

$75.00

About
Australia’s best Sangiovese. It is precise, brilliant and intense.

Philip White

About The Wine

The La Chiave is one of the Castagna specialties - a Sangiovese of seriousness and structure that sits at the top of the pile of Australian expressions of the variety.

This is a powerful, firm, archetypal earthy Sangiovese that has raspy, moreish fruit and a whole lot of x-factor.

If you are yet to be convinced of the potential for Australian Sangiovese, you haven't tried the La Chiave.

About Castagna

Castagna is one of the leading producers of the Beechworth region.

In 1997, Julian and Carolann Castagna packed up their city life and moved into and caravan on a bare patch of dirt in the Beechworth region of north-east Victoria. Farmed biodynamically from the get go, the Castagnas planted their vineyard with a view to making complex Syrah in the mode of Cote-Rotie and savoury, structural Italian varieties that could compete with their European counterparts.

It's a wildly successful family business that they have built, with son Adam stepping into the winemaking role and a sea of adoring wine collectors awaiting each new release. Castagna wines are true wines of terroir. They taste of where they come from as do all of the great wines of the world.

Founder Julian Castagna
Founder Julian Castagna
Beechworth, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

On the nose it has superb freshness and clarity of fruit, red cherries with spice and bracken-like complexity; the oak is super discreet, the vineyard’s signature is always evident in La Chiave. Sweet but not overly ripe-red fruit mingle comfortably with freshly turned earth, a hint of turmeric and a touch of star anise and the beautiful fragrance of just-picked red cherries. Vibrant racy redcurrant to red-cherry fruit is effortlessly guided across the palate by cedar, powdery, fluffy tannins that give it an extra dimension.

Blend : Sangiovese (100%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Julian & Adam Castagna
Julian & Adam Castagna
Beechworth, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

94Points
The Wine Front

"All sangiovese, all the time. Cherry and cherry pip scents, rose hip tea, white pepper and new leather. Lovely perfume. Swamps the palate but stays light to medium weight, slips on a carpet of lacy tannins, bergamot tea and cranberry lingering. Superb feel, serious, powerful yet light. A complete experience wine." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Delivery

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