Beechworth, Victoria

Proprietor: Julian & Carolann Castagna
Year of Establishment: 1997
Size of Estate: 4 hectares (producing)
Av. bottles/annum: 10,000 to 20,000

Website: www.castagna.com.au

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Julian Castagna is one of the country’s most vocal and erudite exponents of biodynamic viticulture, believing that it simply represents the best way to achieve optimum fruit quality that best expresses its terroir.

 

The Castagna vineyard is situated at an altitude of 500 metres, five-and-a half-kilometres outside the town of Beechworth in northeast Victoria, high in the foothills of the Australian Alps. The soil consists mainly of decomposed granitic-loam on a base of clay. The climate is distinctly Mediterranean with hot days and cool nights during the important part of the growing season.

 

The vineyard is hand pruned and the fruit is hand-picked. The wine making is very traditional using only our own vineyard’s indigenous yeast with minimal interference. To quote the man himself: The intention is to make, as simply as possible, wine that is an expression of the place where it is grown.

 


 

VINES

Castagna

Size
4 hectares
% of your production
100%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Dry grown (Irrigated occasionally)
Soil/s
Granite
Varieties planted
Syrah/Sangiovese/Viognier/Nebbiolo/Chardonnay/Chenin blanc
Training system
vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Biodynamic preparations, manure, green manure, mulch and humus
Pest control
Copper, sulphur and milk products
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
Always natural

 

 
 

Wines

Genesis Syrah

2013
Variety/ies
Syrah
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Castagna
Days of skin contact
15 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
20 months in barrel and 15 months in cement vats
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
30 ppm approx

 

La Chiave

2013
Variety/ies
Sangiovese
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Castagna
Days of skin contact
15 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
20 months in barrel
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
30 ppm approx

Un Segreto

2013
Variety/ies
Sangiovese/Syrah
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Castagna
Days of skin contact
TBA
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
20 months in barrel
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
30 ppm approx

Allegro

2014
Variety/ies
Syrah
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Castagna
Days of skin contact
Nil
Filtered
Light - Pad
Fined
No
Elevage
12 months in barrel
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
60 ppm