August 12, 2018

James Halliday Wine Companion 2019

Casa Freschi – 5 star winery

Casa Freschi Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016
“The selection of small parts of the high density 1.6ha vineyard has given this wine a flying start, the vinification exacting and amplifying the intensity of the fruit. Structure, texture and fruit all combine to provide a palate of great length and urgency.” Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating 96 To 2029 $55. Special value

Casa Freschi Langhorne Creek Malbec 2015
The beautiful hue of crimson rimmed by royal purple underlines the symbiosis between Langhorne Creek and malbec. This sends a silky, sumptuous message of pure plum (damson, blood, satsuma – you name it) flowing across the palate, and no difficult questions about the finish or aftertaste.” Cork. 14% alc. Rating 96 To 2035 $55 Special Value

Casa Freschi Langhorne Creek Nebbiolo 2015
Bombards you with questions from start to finish, but I’m prepared to put my neck on the block here. The perfumed rosewater and spice bouquet sets the path for a finely detailed texture and structure of the palate that cuts across any question about the modest alcohol.” Cork. 13.5% alc. Rating 95 To 2028 $55

Casa Freschi Ragazzi Langhorne Creek Nebbiolo 2016
Well hello Langhorne Creek, despite being the bambino Nebbiolo this has plenty to enjoy. The nose offers bold ripe blackberries, red earth spice, a hint of pepper and bright red cherry. Mouthfeel is rather succulent, combining cooked strawberry with warm dates and soft velvety tannins. It has varietal character, balanced acidity and generosity of flavour – a real crowd pleaser.” Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating 95 To 2026 $28 Special Value

Casa Freschi Ragazzi Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017
The usual attention to detail has resulted in a complex but perfectly balanced wine with crystal clear varietal expression firmly placed in the driver’s seat. Even with the low alcohol, the flavours are of white peach, nectarine and creamy fig, citrus appearing with the acidity.”  Screwcap. 12.5% alc. Rating 94 To 2029 $28 Special Value