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Castagna “Genesis” Beechworth Syrah 2014

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This is the current release of Castagna’s flagship wine.

There’s not a lot of it about and ratings are hard to come by, in fact at this point in time, I can only find one rating and that is by Campbell Mattinson of The Wine Front (see the promo below).

Here’s what Halliday says about the winery:

“Winemakers Julian Castagna and Adam Castagna. Established 1997, producing 1800 dozen p.a. Julian Castagna is an erudite and totally committed disciple of biodynamic grapegrowing and winemaking. While he acknowledges that at least part of the belief in biodynamics has it to be intuitive, he also seeks to understand how the principles and practices enunciated by Rudolph Steiner in 1924 actually work. He purchased two egg-shaped, food-grade, concrete tanks, each holding 900 litres. They are, he says, ‘the most perfect shape in physics’, and in the winery reduce pressure on lees and deposit lees over a larger surface area, which he believes will eliminate the need for batonnage. He has been joind by son Adam, who is responsible for the 400 dozen or so of Adam’s Rib made each year, complementing the production of Castagna.” – Halliday Wine Companion 2017

Biodynamic and only 12.5%. What’s not to like?

Well it’s not cheap here at S$99 but it’s not cheap in Australia either, retailing at A$75.

The Castagna Genesis Syrah is listed as “Excellent” in Langton’s Classification.

Enjoy!

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You might also like to try, purchased direct from Castagna just this month:

2010 Genesis Syrah – 3 bottles – S$108 – Jeremy Oliver 96, Halliday 95, Campbell Mattinson 95
2012 Genesis Syrah – 3 bottles – S$105 – Jeremy Oliver 95, Campbell Mattinson 94+, Jancis Robinson 17.5, Halliday 95

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Domaine A now available retail in Singapore

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During 2011, Tiger Wines introduced a range of Tasmanian wines into Singapore that had never been seen here before – Pressing Matters, Spring Vale, and Waterton. Now there’s Domaine A as the first new listing for 2012. Domaine A has been shipped to Singapore before but it quickly disappeared into investment holdings and was not generally offered at retail. Well, that’s changed as Tiger Wines has a good supply of Domaine A’s current range of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

On offer now is the 2005 Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon which despite the vintage, is the current release. Wine Advocate gives it 94 points (“outstanding”) and Langtons has promoted the Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon from “Distinguished” to “Excellent”. This is from Domaine A’s latest newsletter:

This wine retails in Australia at A$70 (I saw it in Dan Murphys at that price last month) and here in Singapore it is offered at S$88 (incl gst)

2005 / Domaine A / Tasmania / Cabernet Sauvignon / S$88 at Tiger Wines

James Halliday 93 points (“highly recommended”), Jeremy Oliver 94 points (“gold medal”), Wine Advocate 94 points (“outstanding’”). Drinking to 2025.

Order from tigerwines@singnet.com.sg

Domaine A also makes Australia’s best Sauvignon Blanc, Lady A, and certainly its most expensive (A$60), but those in the know snapped up the stocks on arrival so it’s now completely sold out in Singapore.