Earthy, cedar oak with deep black cherry aromas. Firm complex wine with deep blackberry and black cherry aromas. Perfection as far as balance. Lovely ripe tannins and a long finish. The whole wine has a Bordeaux like feeling, or more fittingly the best that Brunello can offer, at half the price. It goes without saying that this is the best Sangiovese in Australia. But it goes further as being the highest scored wine from me in the past 12 months, in over 500 wines sampled. 98 points.
Castagna La Chiave 2017, Beechworth, Victoria
Outstanding (Score range 95-100)
Often an internationally recognised, leading brand or winery – but not always! Produces a classic wine that is a faultless representation of the style/variety. Complexity on the nose and a seamless palate are an example of the hallmarks of an outstanding wine.
Highly Recommended (Score range 92-94)
A quality focused wine that has plenty of style. Length of palate and intensity are often key characteristics of highly recommended wines. These producers could be the ones to watch in the future.
Recommended (Score range 89-91)
An above average well-made, reflection of the style/variety, which often represents good value for money.