Castle Rock Estate A&W Riesling 2017


Recommended Retail Price - $35

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 2 months. The result is a wine with some savouriness which complements the pure Riesling characters.

97 points - James Halliday
95 points - QWine
93 points - Oz Wine Review
90 points - Huon Hooke


Colour: Very pale straw coloured.

Bouquet: A delicate yet fragrant nose, showing pink grape fruit characters, backed by some delicate passionfruit and floral notes. There is a slaty, 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 pink grapefruit characters flow through the length of the palate, while the natural acidity is powerful and feature of this wine. It is however, perfectly balanced by some creamy texture and silky characters and exhibits a finish that is fine and incredibly long.

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 15 years

"...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

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

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

Harvest Date: 10th March 2016
Bottling Date: 16th June 2016
Alc: 12.5%
pH: 2.95
T.A.: 8.1g/L
Residual sugar: 1.5g/L