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Castagna Adam`s Rib Red Blend 2014

Castagna Adam’s Rib The Red Nebbiolo2014

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This wine is a beautiful marriage between Nebbiolo and Shiraz. The structure in the wine comes from the Nebbiolo while the Shiraz gives it weight and depth. On the nose, fresh soil and leathery characteristics. On the palate we find hints of floral, with red fruit flavours and star anise.

Why we love it: 

Marriage between Nebbiolo and Shiraz

Drink with: 

Duck Breast

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Tech

Country
Region
Sub-Region
Beechworth
Blend Info.
Nebbiolo & Shiraz
Alcohol by Vol.
13.5%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Cellaring
Now - 2022
Serving Temp.
12 - 17°
Closure
Cork

Producer

Castagna

Castagna Wines is situated near the town of Beechworth, Victoria, with the vineyard planted at an altitude of 500 metres on a base of granitic loam and clay. The climate is reminiscent of the Mediterranean, with hot days and cool nights vital to the successful growing of grapes. Owner Julian Castagna worked for many years in the film industry, before deciding in the 1990s to establish a vineyard. Through his association with Rick Kinzbrunner, winemaker at the revered Giaconda winery in Beechworth, Julian was helped to locate a property nearby, on which he wanted to plant some vines to be used mainly as a hobby project. Not long after planting, they noticed that the vines had been infested by the African black beetle. One remedy involved spraying noxious chemicals, which made Julian want to look for other, healthier alternatives. Through contact with winemaker James Milton in New Zealand, Julian learnt about biodynamics, and his beetle problem was solved.

Julian’s belief that wine of character is made in the vineyard rather than the winery is one of the main reasons he chose biodynamics. The wines feature minimal sulphur but still seem able to develop nicely in bottle. The Genesis Syrah has a touch of viognier and has been lauded by many for its changing character from year to year and its fine aromatics and supple flavours. Their nebbiolo grapes mainly went into blends for the Adam’s Rib label- made by Julian’s son Adam- though the 2015 Barbarossa Nebbiolo has quickly gained many supporters, even with its high price tag. Adam’s Rib was started in order to make affordable and easy-drinking wines- simply labelled ‘The Red’ and ‘The White’- using different grapes and blends each vintage.

Castagna’s wines can be difficult to get as they sell out quickly, but some of their delights can be found here.

Region

Victoria

Boasting the title of ‘most diverse’ wine region in Australia, Victoria’s vintners know their wine. Despite being the smallest mainland state, Victoria boasts the most wine regions out of all the Australian states and houses a plethora of individual wineries, producing some of Australia's best Pinot Noir, Fortified wine, Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sparkling Wines.

In fact, back in the 1880’s Victoria was Australia’s largest wine producer. However, outbreaks of Phylloxera (aphid like insects that inject venom into the roots of grapevines) and a focus on gold saw wine production in the state grind to a halt. In the 1970s, Victoria’s wine industry enjoyed a resurgence, led by a new generation of talented winemakers keen to take advantage of the diverse climate and soils available in the region.

The world renowned Yarra Valley wine region, is located just an hour from the state’s capital, Melbourne. The region is best known for its Pinot Noir, being that it is the most planted grape and occupies over 36% of vines in the region. The Yarra Valley boasts huge variations in elevation, climate and even soil types, allowing winemakers to be able to produce single vineyard wines that are notable for being unique to their sites.