Castagna 'Un Segreto' Syrah Sangiovese 2019


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.

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. 

"This is almost balletic in its grace, pirouetting across a spread of violets, five-spice, bing cherry and peppery herb. It reminds me of Schioppettino, Friuli’s spicy variety. This is the surprise of the triumvirate this vintage. Sangiovese’s tannic edginess and frisk of acidity restrain Syrah’s more flamboyant tendencies with ease. Long, compact and mellifluous. A gorgeous drink, growing in stature with each glass.” Ned Goodwin MW

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. 

Vegan Friendly


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