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Castelli Cabernet Sauvignon

Castelli Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Great Southern, Western Australia   |    750ml   |    14.6%

96 Points - James Halliday

Castelli Estate has been a long-time favourite winery of ours that's now firmly established itself as a bona fide star of Western Australian wine. The 2016 Castelli Cabernet Sauvignon is another supreme example of Cabernet from the Frankland River region of WA; an area increasingly recognised as home to some exceptional red wines. 

A medium-bodied Cabernet, this offers layer upon layer of dark chocolate, sweet blackberries, cassis and liquorice flavours, the fine layered tannins form a solid core that's in perfect harmony with the fruit flavours and carefully measured quality oak. A tiny addition of Malbec offers muscularity and flesh to the mid-palate and rounded support to the tannin backbone.

"96 Points. 10 days' old soak before warm fermentation; 26 days on skins; matured in French barriques (50% new). This takes you on a serious trip with a wine that over-delivers on its price, with cassis, redcurrant, fresh and dried herbs and spices, and tannins that are remarkably juicy. French oak has proved its affinity with cabernet time and time again, but puts an exclamation mark here. Screwcap. 14.1% alc. To 2036. $38" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019.

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In 2004, the Castelli’s dream of a family-owned winery became a reality when, upon the slopes of Mt Shadforth, the Castelli Estate property was purchased - A 120 acre farm which overlooks Wilson’s Inlet, Mt. Lindesay and the lush countryside around Denmark.

The property was acquired with a semi-complete winery which, with the family’s extensive construction and engineering experience, was later completed in 2006. With a strong commitment to quality, the next twelve months were spent putting together a highly talented winemaking team. The Castelli family enticed winemakers Mike Garland and Andrew Hoadley to come on board in what were the beginnings of one of today’s most promising Western Australian boutique wine brands.

Through our dedicated winemaking team’s extensive experience, the sourcing of the state’s best fruit and the family’s passion and commitment to quality, Castelli Estate’s wines hold the promise of something special.

With our name on every bottle, we are proud to bring you what is synonymous with the Castelli name: a passion for wines that are made with a relentless commitment to quality.
Western Australia
Great Southern
The ninth vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard continues to be remarkable with consistent site terroir. The wine has a purity of classic Cabernet with aromas of sweet blackberries and some overlaid dark chocolate and star anise nuances. A medium to full bodied palate with fine grained, complex tannins forms a solid layered core that is perfectly balanced with the fruit weight and seamless French oak. A small addition of Malbec gives suppleness and flesh to the palate and rounded support to the tannin backbone. This powerfully structured, well balanced wine will age gracefully over the next 10 years.

Winemaking: The fruit underwent pre-fermentation cold soaking for 10 days followed by a clean, warm (25-30°C) ferment. Maceration was via twice daily pump-overs (using specialized gentle tannin extraction method) also three rack-returns during ferment. Yeast strains used were Clos and F15. Total time on skins was 26 days to allow for tannin development and balance. Fifteen months in 50% new and 50% one year old French oak barriques (predominately Bossuet and D’Aquitaine).

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