Castagna 'Barbarossa' Nebbiolo 2017/2018

AT FIRST SIP- Fresh rose petals over crushed red cherry and olive pip. A slow wave of fine tannins roll forward, bringing strawberry fruit sweetness and tart cherry like acidity. AFTER A FEW- Picture yourself hiking up a steep path surrounded by mountains and lush foliage then finding the view at the top eclipses the journey.

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AT FIRST SIP- Fresh rose petals over crushed red cherry and olive pip. A slow wave of fine tannins roll forward, bringing strawberry fruit sweetness and tart cherry like acidity. AFTER A FEW- Picture yourself hiking up a steep path surrounded by mountains and lush foliage then finding the view at the top eclipses the journey.

About This Wine

Julian Castagna has believed in the winegrowing prowess of Beechworth since planting in 1997. Grown biodynamically from the start, vine health and showcasing the terroir remains fundamental to this day. Beechworth sits in the foothills of the Victorian Alps, on sandstone and granitic soil. Elevation plays a part here with most vineyards planted on slopes around 400m above sea level. Cool climate, long sunshine hours and a some continental influences ensure grapes grown here are full of flavour and bountiful natural acidity.

‘Barbarossa’ is the long awaited title that was given to a ‘cru’ or single site of Nebbiolo that was planted back in 2003. it wasn’t until 2015 that Julian considered the fruit worthy of the title. This wine was never meant to bulldoze Barolo, the king of Nebbiolo, more run in the same circles as the Queen of Piedmont; Barbaresco.

This wine has seen roughly 18 months in oak (of which 20% was new), before a further

This is the second release of this Cru Nebbiolo and after the inaugural 2015 the second iteration is just as exciting. This is is a blend of 2017 and 2018 fruit. A specific choice, east vintage lending different talents to the final wine. There will be a 2019 so see what this hybrid is like before it’s too late.

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Julian Castagna planted his Beechworth vineyard at a time when most Australian wineries were being seduced by Robert Parker’s gushing praise of thick, high-octane Shiraz. But that was not his style. Instead, he created wines of finesse, elegance and tension. Julian is a pioneer and his influence on the wine industry cannot be overstated. From the beginning, he aspired to focus on quality above all else.

Embracing his Italian roots, Julian drew inspiration from the great wines of the old world, creating wines that pair well with food- and thrive in our warmer climate. From the high altitude foothills of the Australian Alps, just outside of Beechworth, he championed the biodynamic principles set down by Rudolf Steiner.

The vineyards sit on decomposed granitic-loam over clay. At 500 metres above sea level, the cool evenings help to balance the daytime heat, allowing for slow, even ripening that creates consistency in the glass. With an increasing number of styles and varieties, Julian has remained steadfast so that his wines, their style and their ability to excite endures.

Embracing biodynamics from early on, Julian worked closely with biodynamic author Nicholas Joly in learning to understand micro-bacterial activity and living soils. No chemicals are used and companion crops are planted so that the entire vineyard works as a thriving ecosystem. The abundance of wildlife, the buzz of insects and bursts of colour are a testament to the ideals of treading lightly and working with nature.

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