Recommended Retail Price - $30
AWARDS 93 Points - Winepilot, Angus Hughson
ASSESSMENTColour: Deep red colour.
Bouquet: A classic cool-climate Shiraz nose which shows plum fruit, spice and black pepper characters. There is some subtle complexity and quality French oak characters of char and cedar.
Palate: A rich and generous front palate fills the mouth with plum fruits. There is a thread of black pepper running the length of the palate, reminding us of its cool climate origins. The wine has great poise and balance thanks to balanced acidity and firm yet ripe tannins. This also provides power and drive, yet, wonderful restraint. The high quality French oak adds cedary characters and blends really well with the cool climate spice notes. The wine has great length and the flavours linger in the mouth long after the wine has gone.FOOD ACCOMPANIMENTAn ideal complement to red meats and hearty dishes. Will also go well with ripe cheeses at the end of a meal.
CELLARING POTENTIAL Will continue to improve and develop complexity with age; cellar for 8 to 10 years.
Harvest Date: 29 Mar 2018Bottling Date: 14 Aug 2019Alc: 13.8%pH: 3.55T.A.: 6.4 g/LResidual sugar: 0.0 g/L
REVIEWS & AWARDS:
93 Points "Here is a good example with both attractive ripe fruit and a savoury edge. The wine is deeply coloured and a little closed and intriguing to start, needing some time to come out of its shell. Once it does there is mulberry, earth and white pepper fruits supported by quality oak. The palate is concentrated with its dark brooding fruits showing good focus but in an elegant rather than the more usual big Australian Shiraz style. Fruit is also supported by moderate tannins and then the wine finishes with leather and tobacco highlights. It is a well pitched introduction to Great Southern Shiraz that is delicious now but will also improve with some more time in the bottle. Tee it up with steak and kidney pie for a quality night in." Winepilot, Angus Hughson
"Castle Rock Estate 2018 #greatsouthern #shiraz What a fabulous wine!!Inky purple in colour, lovely cool climate bouquet with a hint of pepper + some herbs, divine ubber tasty, well rounded palate with gentle tannins on the finish- RARING TO GO RIGHT NOW!!" Wine Assist, Dan Traucki
"This Castle Rock Estate 2018 Shiraz from the Great Southern region of WA displays deep dense mulberry colour on first pour. On the nose, there is an initial delivery of oak-driven aromas which soon meld with the expected primary varietal characteristics. The nose and palate are redolent of black / blueberries, white pepper and mixes herbs. Mid-palate astringency and the 13.8% Alc warmth soon round off the initial angularity. This all results in a textural, savoury Shiraz with ongoing wafts of cherry and leathery tobacco which keep evolving on breathing. This is another well-assembled Shiraz by winemaker Rob Diletti, reflective of its regionality [one can almost smell and taste the maritime mineral influence] and dedicated elevage. Our examplar was enjoyed over two nights without loss of character or depth. It can be drunk now with hearty protein meals or put away for a few years cellaring." The Grape Hunter, Gilbert Labour
is backordered. We will ship it separately in 10 to 15 days.