"This is 60% Sangiovese and 40% Syrah. “What Sangiovese does on our vineyard is that almost Brunello-like quality of weight but with lovely acidity and tannins that amalgamate with the palate”, offers Julian Castagna, aspirationally and emotively. The original Sangiovese clone for Castagna’s vineyard was found by Castagna “in a local someone’s garden, and they had come to Australia in 1922, I assume with it in their suitcase”. A fitting romance to this story.
Scents of game meat, fresh blood, ripe plum, turned earth – no hiding from savouriness here. Taste follows a similar path, meaty, dried cranberry fruitiness, a squirt of pomegranate and a return of game meat to close. Dash of pepper and a puff of clove and we’re through. Just over medium weight, hemmed with fine, silky texture and squeaky tannins too. Compelling wine of unique character."
93 points, Mike Bennie, The Winefront, January 2019.
Located in the foothills of the Victorian Alps, Beechworth is a small cool climate region with high continentality. The vineyards enjoy a large number of sunshine hours and are generally planted at altitudes of 400m. A variety of soil types are found with the two dominant ones being ancient sandstone gravel and clay and granitic loams over decomposed gravels and clays. While north or north-easterly slopes are generally favoured, the best sites are located away from higher altitude, cold-air drainage channels, with the risk of frost high in both spring and autumn. Restricted water availability means most vineyards are dry-grown. A region of small boutique producers, Beechworth is best known for premium Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir, although plantings of Italian varieties including Sangiovese and Nebbiolo also show great promise.