Castle Rock Estate A&W Riesling 2021



This wine is named in honour the founders of Castle Rock Estate, and is made to highlight the greatness of Riesling from the vineyard. Hand-harvested and whole bunch pressed, then fermented with some solids and left on lees for 6 months. The result is a wine with some savouriness which complements the pure Riesling characters.


Colour: Very pale straw coloured with hints of green.

Bouquet: A delicate yet fragrant nose, showing lemon and lime characters, backed by some delicate floral and spicy notes. There is a slatey, minerality that adds complexity and interest.

Palate: The palate shows the wonderful delicacy of the variety, with low phenolics and a pure and long, focussed structure. The citrus characters flow through the length of the palate, while the natural acidity is powerful and feature of this wine. Time on lees perfectly balances the acid structure with creamy, silky texture and exhibits a fine and incredibly long finish.

Ideal aperitif wine, will also accompany fish, delicate crustacean and mild Asian dishes.

Excellent ageing potential. It will continue to improve through its first year and then plateau, should drink well for at least 20 years

Harvest Date: 23 March 2021
Bottling Date: 16 August 2021
Alc: 11.5%
pH: 2.90
T.A.: 9.3g/L
Residual sugar: 0.35g/L




2018 Vintage

Gold Medal
96 Points - Wine Companion, Campbell Mattinson
95 points - QWine
95 points - Jeremy Oliver
94 points -
94 points - The Vinsomniac
93 points - Oz Wine Review
92 points - Toni Paterson MW
90 points - Huon Hooke


96 Points  "A riesling with texture, flavour and elegance. The way its citrussy, slatey flavours slip through the mouth is quite something." Wine Companion, Campbell Mattinson, Aug 2020

95 points "...A chalky textural presence is preceded by deft minerally feels. A sleek and focused acidity shapes the palate beautifully. Oh yeah - such a pretty wine. Superb really…” QWINE May 2019

95 points "Austere and chalky; potpourri scents of peach, lemon and lime with and faint meatiness; long and citrusy, with a measured long, dry and slightly briny finish." Jeremy Oliver

94 points "...Delicious is the word that keeps getting repeated throughout my tasting note sheet. That can only be a good thing as drinkability always rates highly in my wine tasting playbook...."

94 points  "From the get go it marks itself as something different, delicate white florals meets a creamy lemongrass and citrus aspect ... It's all manner of citrus and generous in its expression. A superb Riesling." VINSOMNIAC, Jun 2019

92 points  "A tight, restrained riesling with a flinty nature and a long, fine line of acid. It is an incredibly pure and linear style. Faint smoky notes. A glorious aperitif." Toni Paterson MW, The Real Review

"...This is a super riesling allowing the variety’s magical nuances to burst forth in defining crescendo." SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, John Fordham, Jun 20198

“Combines delicacy and intensity.” COURIER MAIL, Des Houghton, May 2019

“…great texture, structure and refreshing acidity… A Classic!” WINE MAIL, Dan Traucki, May 2019

This superbly crafted Riesling, currently in its infant stage will, with proper cellaring, definitely blossom into a wine of aristocratic elegance and class…” GRAPE HUNTER, Gilbert labour, May 2019

“Magic. Pure magic. This is delicious!” WORDS FROM A WINEGLASS, May 2019

93 points "...Such flavour! …” OZ WINE REVIEW, Andrew Graham, May 2019

  • Minimum order 6 bottles.
  • Purchase 12 or more bottles (straight or part of a mixed case) to receive a 8% discount.
  • Not applicable to Pack deals.