Peter Forrestal reviews some of Castelli Estate’s first new wine releases and says Castelli is fast becoming one to watch.
“A few months ago, I’d not heard of Castelli. But when I tasted the 2008 Chardonnay, I asked: “Who are these guys?”
Sam Castelli came here in 1968 from an Italian village in the Lazio region where his parents still run a mixed farm including vines. His Mt Shadforth winery, near Denmark, is run by the talented Mike Garland and the label has been driven by Sam’s son, Luca, with Larry Cherubino involved as a consultant. Sam oversees the operation, which is fast becoming one to watch.
2009 Castelli Riesling, $17.95
Floral prefumes and lemon flavours, finishing with zippy acidity.
2009 Castelli Cerca Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. $17.95
Full, lush and fleshy, crisp and clean to finish.
2008 Castelli Chardonnay, $24.95
Rich, ripe, concentrated peach and melon flavours, with neatly integrated oak characters.”
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