About Castelli Estate

Critical acclaim

The Castelli range of wines has had unparalleled success for a brand in its infancy. The entire range, through from the entry level to the premium wines, have taken out countless awards, medals and trophies, and have received critical acclaim from Australia’s top wine journalists – including Ray Jordan’s ‘Most Promising Producer’ and the coveted James Halliday ratings; ‘✭✭✭✭✭ 5 Star Winery’ & ‘Best by Region’.

What makes these awards even more impressive is that through our 35 years of combined winemaking expertise and our commitment to providing both outstanding quality and value for money, these wines regularly out-point and out-perform wines of twice the price.

Recently our 2011 il Liris Rouge was awarded a spectacular 98 points in the 2015 edition of the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion. This mid-priced wine outshone its competitors and provided wine enthusiasts the rare opportunity of purchasing a Halliday 98 point red at a tenth of the price of competitors.

Beauty meets functionality

In 2004, the Castelli’s dream of a family-owned winery became a reality when, upon the slopes of Mt Shadforth, the Castelli Estate property was purchased – a 120 acre farm overlooking Wilson’s Inlet, Mt. Lindesay and the lush countryside around Denmark.

Whether it’s from the first glance down the valley at the Tudor style architecture and the winery’s stone walls, or the grand arches in our underground barrel room or under our winery’s acutely pitched roof, the facility evinces beauty to match its functionality. A capacity of 500 tonnes and the industry’s most advanced winemaking equipment culminate to make the Castelli Estate winery a world class, state-of-the-art facility. The design has been focused towards small batch processing to ensure that every parcel of fruit receives the care and attention it deserves.

History

With our name on every bottle, we are proud to bring you what is synonymous with the Castelli name: 
a passion for wines that are made with a relentless commitment to quality.


The quaint country village of San Giorgio a Liri, in Italy’s Lazio region, was Sam and Maria Castelli’s birthplace.

It’s a farming village that is home to many grain, corn and sunflower producers, but it was in the region’s vineyards that the Castelli family’s passion for wine developed.

In 2004, the Castelli’s dream of a family-owned winery became a reality when, upon the slopes of Mt Shadforth, the Castelli Estate property was purchased – A 120 acre farm which overlooks Wilson’s Inlet, Mt. Lindesay and the lush countryside around Denmark.

The property was acquired with a semi-complete winery which, with the family’s extensive construction and engineering experience, was later completed in 2006. With a strong commitment to quality, the next twelve months were spent putting together a highly talented winemaking team.

The Castelli family enticed winemaker Mike Garland to come on board in what were the beginnings of one of today’s most promising Western Australian boutique wine brands. Through our dedicated winemaking team’s extensive experience, the sourcing of the state’s best fruit and the family’s passion and commitment to quality, Castelli Estate’s wines hold the promise of something special.

Regions

As winemakers say, great wines are made in the vineyard. Ours come from several winegrowing areas in Southern WA, each one with its own strengths.


Denmark – Home Block Vineyard

With its mild summer and autumn and moderating ocean influence, this region is ideal for Pinot and Chardonnay. It is our major source for super premium sparkling wine production. With careful clonal selection we have also identified specific sites for our small batch Pinot Noir and il Liris Chardonnay.

The wine: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay


Pemberton

After having been identified by Dr. John Gladstones as a potential grape growing area, the first experimental plantings in Pemberton took root in the late 1970’s. Pemberton experiences mild growing conditions with good annual rainfall and abundant sunshine hours with a good scattering of the gravelly loam soils we’re looking for when it comes to sauvignon blanc.

We feel Pemberton is ideal for sauvignon blanc because it delivers bright fruit flavours and fine herbaceous notes without ever getting overtly grassy or unpleasantly sweaty. It also delivers the kind of fine and pure acid structure we want for our wine.

The wine: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot


Mt Barker

Mt. Barker is the coolest of W.A.’s sub-regions, characterised by a continental climate and an average elevation of 300 metres. Early spring winds mean that the later flowering varieties, namely riesling and shiraz, are best suited to Mt. Barker and the long, cool growing seasons and ancient sandy, granitic soils create beautifully structured examples of these varieties.

The wine: Riesling


Frankland River

Frankland River lies at the historical heart of Great Southern. Its potential for the production of exceptional shiraz was first identified by Dr. John Gladstones and the early vineyards planted in response to his findings form the foundations of Great Southern as a wine region. It may be about as isolated as a wine region can be but it has one unique feature that makes the vigneron’s journey to this place very worthwhile: the ancient valley formed over millions of years by the flowing Frankland is ideal for viticulture.

In spring it acts almost like a funnel, reducing the threat of frosts by channeling cold air towards the Southern ocean and away from vulnerable vines. In summer the situation reverses, drawing cooler, more humid air inland to apply the brakes to rising afternoon temperatures and ensuring the long, slow ripening period that leads to full flavour development. The millions of years of river flow have also helped wear away the region’s bountiful granite to create the fine gravelly loam soils, known locally as marri, in which grape vines can excel.

The wine: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon

THE TEAM

Mike Garland – Chief Winemaker

Fuelled by a passion for cool climate wine styles, Mike and his wife, Julie, made the move in 1996 to Mount Barker in the Great Southern where they purchased an established mature vineyard. Mike studied Wine Science at Charles Sturt University and became a strong regional ambassador, working initially for Plantagenet Wines and then developing a vibrant contract winemaking facility (along with being a part time house builder and having 3 children). This gave a solid foundation in all aspects of the wine industry, from viticulture, marketing, logistics management and most importantly his main passion, winemaking. Mike also gained considerable experience in the Mittlerhein, Germany to expand on his fascination with Germanic style Rieslings. The opportunity to head up the Castelli Winery at Mount Shadforth was too good to refuse and in 2007 Mike helped the Castelli family’s winery dream become a reality. The central driving force behind Mike’s winemaking philosophy is that it is always about balance and structure – something that can only be truly achieved from cool climate viticulture.


Luca Castelli – Director

After a lifetime of annual visits back to his parents’ homeland, Luca grew up experiencing what was involved in viticulture through his hands-on assistance in the vineyard with his grandfather ‘Nonno’ Germino. While completing his double degree in Science and Engineering, Luca developed his knowledge of the wine industry over several years working as a cellar hand in the state’s Swan Valley. Amongst his involvement in the power generation industry, Luca oversees and coordinates the operation of the family’s wine businesses with a vision to develop Castelli Estate into a respected member of the Western Australian wine industry.


Sam Castelli – Director

Sam’s passion for wine started as a young worker on his family’s farm in Italy. Sam’s extensive history in the engineering and construction sectors saw him, with the support of his wife Maria, enter into a successful business partnership with three other Italian migrants to develop what is today the ASX-listed United Group Limited (UGL). Sam oversees the operation of the Castelli family’s various businesses and, like Luca, frequently lends a hand on the estate and in the winery with his trusty and well-conditioned toolbox. He’s also not shy of showing his truck driving ability and his friendly wine delivery service, where it’s not unusual to experience his personable approach and very Italian sense of humour!


James Majer – National Sales & Export Manager

James joined the team in 2012 as manager of sales and marketing, he started out in the hospitality industry at an early age, originally behind the scenes doing accounting and payroll for a well known Perth bar. James has gained vast experience in all areas of hospitality from venue management, retail, as well as wholesaling and importing. James’ passion for fine wine developed over a period of 8 years managing Perth’s premier wine store ‘Steves Fine Wine’ in Nedlands, where he developed a love of European wines.


Alyce Thompson – Marketing

It was a love of the Great Southern wine region that brought Alyce to Castelli Group after time at Ferngrove Wines and Wines of Western Australia. Alyce handles all the back of house, from administrative duties, to generating marketing.

Wine Making Process

Our winemakers’ philosophy is to produce wines that they enjoy drinking – not specifically to win awards, nor praise from wine writers (although this does tend to be a happy coincidence) but rather something that we feel proud to put on the table with the Castelli name on the bottle.

Using a combination of traditional techniques gained from extensive overseas experience, with the benefits of a state-of-the-art facility, the winemaking team are able to tailor a specific approach best suiting each individual wine. All wines are treated in their own special way to express the variety, vintage conditions and region.

Careful attention to detail is ensured to capture the maximum varietal and regional characters of the wines we produce. Above everything, special emphasis is placed on achieving elegance and balance. The equilibrium of fruit flavour, structure, length and finish are the hallmarks of all Castelli wines. Much of this comes from the vineyard, with careful site selection, fastidious viticultural practices and picking at optimal flavour ripeness. Once the fruit is in the winery however, that same attention to detail is also essential.

We concentrate on achieving symmetry in each wine. For white wines the interaction of fruit intensity, acid profile, phenolic extraction and oak (if used) are carefully assessed. Likewise in our reds, there is a delicate balance we aim for between tannin structure, fruit definition, alcohol level and oak integration.

CONTACT

Phone 9364 0400
castelliestate@castelligroup.com.au

Website

http://www.castelliestate.com.au/

Castelli Estate

380 Mt Shadforth Rd, Denmark Western Australia, 6333

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