Beechworth 14.0% Diam $76.50 Source: Retail
I wasn’t going to publish a note on this, I had meant to share it and enjoy it without attaching it to any idea of work. But a few things have led me to pop a quick description & opinion up. You can find a more complete review by Julian Coldrey at Full Pour. For what it’s worth, we were pretty close in our impressions of it on the night.
Anyway, when I picked my bottle up at Cru I had a brief discussion about the apparent dimishing demand for these “higher priced” Australian wines (Giaconda was also mentioned) given the growing number of out-standing wines that can be purchased for much less (Hoddles Creek, Blue Poles etc). I pointed out that I just like Castagna’s work and am generally happy to pay what I pay to experience it. It’s up my stylistic alley.
On twitter, someone who knows a lot more about Beechworth than me questioned the value of the wine, considering it over extracted, viscous and over-hyped. As he would be well aware, that’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull when it comes to me. So I’ll post a note in praise of the wine whilst fully admitting that it is quite possible that with more experience I could enjoy other Beechworth offerings more.
Blackberry, sour cherries and briary notes fruit wise, but it’s not a wine that can be summed up with fruit descriptors. It’s savoury, with meat jus and a gravelly finish. Graphite and spice too. Extremely long finish and a wine that I enjoyed just swirling and sniffing and sipping for as long as I could. A difficult wine to pin down; something I often appreciate.
Is it worth $75-80? Well, I know people who go clubbing, or eat out or bungee jump and spend just as much on those or other experiences. I wouldn’t find them any more valuable. In fact, I have no desire to bungee jump at all. So all I can say is it was worth it to me.
Winery Website- http://www.castagna.com.au/