Region: Denmark, Western Australia
Perfect with: Mayo roasted chicken with tarragon waldorf salad, pan fried coral trout with miso dressing, creamy D'Affinois cheese.
Why You’ll Love It?
WA is the home of some of my favourite Aussie Chardys and Castelli Estate is no exception. Only established in 2004, it’s quickly starting to become one of the best boutique wineries in Australia. The il Liris is their flagship range. Rated 98 points by James Halliday, the il Liris Chardonnay is a testament to the brilliant craftsmanship of this winery. A portion of the grapes were picked at “sparkling base”, the rest picked at optimum ripeness to allow for balance, fermented in 100% French oak (60% new 40% 1 year old). Only a small portion of the wine was allowed to complete malolatic fermentation to retain its natural acidity and freshness. Regular (non-oxidative) lees stirring was employed to develop mouthfeel and structure.
Their aim was to produce a wine that would best represent the style of the region. Inspired by modernist Grand Cru producers of Chablis, the resulting wine produced has been described by the winemakers a chardonnay for “riesling freaks” - what “smells like a Mersault, but tastes like a Chablis”. Still true Chardonnay at heart, but with a tight structure and well balanced racy acidity. Some would say this is a 1er Cru Burgundy with a village price tag - great value!
The flavour intensity of this wine is superb! Chardonnay with this level of power and drive is not common, especially at this price point. Aromas of lemon, peach and a hint of biscuit. Flavours of ripe peach, yellow nectarine, lemon curd with a nicely rounded mouthfeel balanced by the perfect level of acidity that gives it a fresh finish.