Castelli Tempranillo

Castelli Empirica Tempranillo 2016

Great Southern, Western Australia   |    750ml   |    15.2%
The Castelli Empirica Tempranillo is fast establishing itself as one of Australia's leading examples and the 2016 vintage is possibly the finest yet. Lifted aromas of dark red berried fruit with overlaid cherry and mocha are on offer on the nose, while the medium-bodied palate offers similar flavours on a long finish, with savoury tannins in support. A great Australian Tempranillo with enormous appeal.

Review of the 2015 vintage included below;

"95 Points. 'Renowned vineyard' (I didn't know there was one), small batch making, cold soak, hand-plunged, minimal oak. A particularly compelling tempranillo full of supple cherry fruit through to the long finish; very good aftertaste. Screwcap. 14.8%. To 2025" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018.

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Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
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
Our aim with this wine is to highlight the bright ‘vineous’ aromatics of the variety and let the characteristic tannins shine through. To do this we minimise the amount of new oak influence and use 2 and 3 year old French barriques purely for ageing and support. A small amount of whole bunch inclusion helps give a ‘nouveau’ like aromatic lift, from the carbonic maceration. Aromas of rich fruit cake and Satsuma plums with overlaid star anise and truffle nuances emanate from the glass. The hero of the wine however is the fine boned, savoury tannins that come to the fore and envelop the intensely flavoured medium bodied palate. This European styling makes the wine well matched to a wide variety of food, but it is particularly suited to game dishes.

Handpicked fruit was cold soaked for five days prior to fermentation in small open fermenters of which approximately 10% was left as whole bunches. Hand plunged twice daily for gentle extraction of flavour and tannin. Yeast strain used was RX60. Minimal new oak used (~15%), aged in 2 and 3 year old French barriques for 15 months.

Alcohol: 15.2%

pH: 3.48

T/A: 6.1g/L

Residual Sugar: <1g/L

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