The Sum – Premium Western Australian Wines.
The Sum – Nature, artistry and science in perfect balance and harmony. These three elements are crafted together to create a wine greater than the sum of its parts. The wines are modern, fruity, unique and balanced with a big dose of freshness; that exact freshness you have come to know of Western Australian wines.
‘The Sum’ is a new and exciting project by benchmark Great Southern producer: Castelli Estate (5 Stars & Best by Region, James Halliday).
Since inception Castelli’s range of cool climate wines have received countless awards and critical acclaim from leading wine journalists. Their range of wines have always been focused on value and quality above all else.
Continuing in this tradition the winery has cast its net further afield, namely Margaret River, to offer this new tier of wines. Melding the elegance of the Great Southern, with the power, punch, and lift of Margaret River. We firmly believe this new range will offer some of the best drinking in its price point.
Variety 49% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Merlot 15% Shiraz
Region Frankland River, Western Australia
The 2015 vintage saw essentially two vintages in one for the red varieties.
Early ripening sites such as Shiraz benefiting from near perfect ripening conditions allowed harvest before the usual late March rains.
Other varieties (Cabernet and Merlot) had to wait on the vine until full ripeness, however this allowed for "hang time” and ensured physiological ripeness was in check with sugar accumulation and help promote well balanced fruit.
Crop loads were very low which allowed the canopies to cope easily with the fruit load and produce intense flavour profiles.
Fruit was harvested in the cool of the night to prevent oxidation and retain flavour.
All juice for this wine was using the traditional "Saignee’ method. This gives us two distinct benefits, firstly it provides a concentration effect on our premium "Estate” range, and secondly it provides fully ripened fruit characters from premium vineyards for our Rose.
Once the free run is drained the wine is treated like most white wines, settled and fermented cool to retain freshness and fruit intensity
As with true Saignee method Rose, this wine has a delicate deep Salmon blush colour with a hint of magenta.
There are intense aromatics of ripe cherry and raspberries with a sprinkle of spices on top. A full flavoured palate, quite deceptive from its colour, is balanced with a clean crisp finish.
Made in a drier style, this wine makes for perfect drinking on a balmy summer evening. Designed to be drunk within 3 years of bottling to enjoy the fresh, full flavour.