Castagna Un Segreto 2005
1 or more bottles$109.99
Jeremy Oliver96 points
Campbell Mattin95 points
Lisa Perrotti-B93 points
This offers up all the aged magnificence that you'd expect to see in an aged Sangiovese, with the wildly spicy eccentricities of aged Syrah. A very rare treat.
Critic Scores & reviews
"Sumptuous and searingly intense, this 'Super Beechworth' of 60% sangiovese has a wild, heady perfume of plums, cherries and small berries backed by musky nuances of charcuterie meats, sweet oak and a suggestion of currants. Underpinned by firm, bony and finely astringent tannins, its sumptuous, velvet-smooth palate delivers deep flavours of plums, blackberries and dark cherries tightly knit with fine-grained and spicy oak. It finishes long and savoury, with lingering dark fruits and minerality"
"Luxury wine made with high quality sangiovese and high quality shiraz. It’s a great addition to the Australian wine landscape.Outstanding wine. Strong, straight, and savoury. Full of character and tannin. Gorgeously persistent – you can’t shut it up – it keeps on talking to you. Flavours of kirsch, smoke, ground spice, hazelnuts, menthol/mint, sour and sweet berried fruit. I love it. It’s fascinating. Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front"
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW93
"The 2005 Un Segreto was the first vintage of this label. Blended of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Syrah and aged in 50% new oak, it is deep garnet colored with alluring lifted red berry / sour cherry aromas plus supporting notes of tea leaves, rose hips, anise and some underbrush. Medium-high acid cuts through the ripe, rich fruit and the medium to firm level of chewy tannins. The finish is long and complex."
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The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grapevines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well-known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia’s most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.
There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.
With soils packed with minerals and a range of altitudes and terroir, Beechworth is situated on the continental side of the Victorian Alps, setting the scene for warm, sunny days as well as cool nights, which temper any heat and produce wine grapes with natural elegance.
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