Ultimate Beverage Challenge 86 points - Intense, almost explosive white grapefruit, passionfruit, and lemongrass aromas set the stage for an exuberant wine dominated by sweet citrus, rose petal, and garden cuttings, with equal parts succulent sweetness and mouthwatering acidity, and a touch of effervescence. (Jun 2016)
A sweet and floral wine, displaying flavors of light pear and cantaloupe flavors that dance through the finish, with just a hint of crackle. Drink now.
|Wine maker notes
|[yellow tail] Moscato is made with grapes sourced from the highest quality vineyards. The fruit is harvested cool at night to retain maximum freshness and flavor. Free run juice and light pressings are used to ensure softness on the palate. Once completed, the wine is cold stabilized and cold filtered to retain rich aromas and freshness. The wine is blended and a high grape juice concentrate added to reduce alcohol.
|”People can’t be bothered by all the hype and nonsense of wine. They just want to drink it.” ~John Casella.
It all started in 1820, when the first Casellas planted some vines in the Italian countryside. Two things sprouted shortly thereafter: a cluster of grapes, and a family passion that would last 188 years and counting.
Fast forward to 1957. Filippo and Maria Casella were keeping the business alive in Italy, when they decided to pack up and move to Australia. However far away, they couldn’t escape their wine roots. Filippo began selling grapes to local wineries. Then in 1969, he decided it was time for a new generation of Casellas to put their winemaking skills to use.
Following the blueprint of other Australian winemakers, Casella sourced his fruit from other growing areas throughout South Eastern Australia, creating wines with incredible freshness and character year after year. Still, almost a third of the grapes used for [yellow tail] are grown right in the Casella family’s vineyards, nearly 540 acres in the Riverina region of Australia. In 1994, the Casellas built a new and improved winery, blending old world heritage with new world technology.
From humble beginnings, this family has come a long way. Today the company is run by Filippo’s three sons—John, Joe and Marcello—while Filippo’s grandchildren have become the sixth generation to join the family business. In 2000, John Casella joined forces with another family-run company, W.J. Deutsch & Sons, to bring the goodness of [yellow tail] to the United States.
Year after year, the Casella family continues to create quality wine that’s fun, flavorful, and bursting with a personality all of its own.