Quantcast
Sign up & receive $25 off your first order

2017 Castelli Estate Great Southern Riesling

2017 Castelli Estate Great Southern Riesling

'A quite beautiful example of Great Southern riesling, radiating purity and harmony between its fruit and acidity, both running long and clear. It will live for decades.'

97 Points - James Halliday

$20.99 Per Bottle

|

$19.99 (Buy 6 or More)

+
BOTTLE(S)
In Stock, ready for dispatch. More info
$20.99
DESCRIPTION
  • It was five years ago when I first laid eyes upon the Castelli Riesling. Flicking through an edition of Gourmet Traveller Wine, I came across a Tasting Panel article in which they had empanelled together over 80 of Australia's best and brightest Riesling wines. All the big names were featured, from both South Australia, Victoria, and of course, the newest kid on the block (at the time), the Great Southern region.

    And lo and behold, look who appeared right at the very top of a showstopping list of wines - the 2012 Castelli Riesling, with an unmatched 97 Points.

    I immediately sought out the wine, and haven't looked back since. This is one of the benchmark Riesling in Australia, and almost every year they lead the Great Southern pack with an enigmatic, powerful and long-lived wine. The 2017, from a perfect 'continental' vintage, is one of their best releases yet.

    This wine is the essence of what the Great Southern has to offer for Riesling. Sourced from four individual sub-regions of the Great Southern where each plays a role in bringing different characters to the overall wine. The lifted floral and rose petal aromas (essence of Mount Barker) are perfectly balanced on a central citrus/lime core (Albany, Porongurup influence) with talcy acidity and textural mid-palate weight (Frankland River).

    Established in 2004, Castelli Estate is now one of Western Australia’s premier boutique wineries. Castelli Estate was one of the fastest wineries to become, and still remains as one of James Halliday’s Top 5 Star Wineries since 2011.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    2017 was a vintage slow to get out of the blocks. A cool and overcast spring meant slow ripening with amazing fruit flavours and zingy natural acids. Constant rain periods then meant everyone had to be on high alert for fungal diseases and picking was sometimes dictated by incoming rain events. Crop levels were up after perfect flowering conditions, necessitating that some fruit needed to be thinned to maintain intense fruit and high quality. Like 2016, Riesling and Chardonnay were outstanding and the Frankland River reds enormous and juicy.

    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 (~490L/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.

    Alcohol: 12.1%
    pH: 3.01
    T/A: 8.8g/L
    Residual Sugar: <2.8g/L

    TASTING NOTES

    This wine is the essence of what the Great Southern has to offer for Riesling. Sourced from four individual sub-regions of the Great Southern where each plays a role in bringing different characters to the overall wine. The lifted floral and rose petal aromas (essence of Mt Barker) are perfectly balanced on a central citrus/lime core (Albany, Porongurup influence) with talcy acidity and textural mid-palate weight (Frankland River). There are some very attractive nuances of perfumed stonefruit 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 10-15 years.

  • REVIEWS

    'Night-harvested, some cold maceration pre-pressing, only the free-run juice cool-fermented with cultured yeast. A quite beautiful example of Great Southern riesling, radiating purity and harmony between its fruit and acidity, both running long and clear. It will live for decades.'
    97 Points - James Halliday

    95 Points - Canberra International Riesling Challenge