Wine Code Breaker #365

2009 Castagna Sparkling Genesis Shiraz, Beechworth, Victoria

Din Djarin is better known as the Mandalorian or Mando for short. A western styled hero who wears beskar armour never shows his face to anyone. He travels through a galaxy far far away in his space craft with occasional drop ins to his favourite wine region for is preferred style, Beechworth Sparkling Shiraz. As it turns out, not only is he a master bounty hunter, he happens to have a particularly fine palate that offsets the fact that bounty hunting is a complicated business. I found one of his recent tasting notes and it is with Mando’s permission that it is published here for your benefit.

The 2009 Castagna Sparkling Genesis Shiraz from Beechworth in Victoria is a sparkling marvel that I bring in warm or cold. Served cold it is a deep brick red with a developed yet black light absorbing look about it. I am a Mandalorian. Weapons are part of my business and the fine bread streams through it like a light sabre through a droid. Upon sniffing, alone of course, I like the odds. It is scented, perfumed with liquorice spice and blackberries standing out. I recall when one chooses to walk the way of the Mandalorian, you are both hunter and prey and this palate is my prey. It is a deep and complex with black fruits, herbs, spices and just a touch of apricots. Its firm tea like tannins balance the mousse of the bead as the flavours splay with finesse and ease and linger. I’ll see you again, I promise. This is the way.

May the fourth be with you on International Star Wars Day.


Rating: 96 pts

Closure: DIAM

Alc: 14%

Drink: Now; 5+ yrs

Price: $90

Tasted: December 2020

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