Castle Rock Estate Diletti Chardonnay 2017

$25.00

Recommended Retail Price - $30

A cool climate and complex Chardonnay, which has been barrel fermented in French oak, 28% of which was new. Complexity was enhanced by natural ferment, some juice solids during fermentation and leaving the wine on yeast lees in barrel for 10 months

AWARDS
95 points - James Halliday
95 points - paulippolito.com
94 points - The Wine Reviewer, Patrick Eckel
93 points - QWine
Jeremy Oliver Good Wine Guide, Best Buys in 2019 'The Affordable Classics'
Silver - Wine Show of Western Australia 2018

ASSESSMENT

Colour: Straw coloured.

Bouquet: An extremely complex and layered chardonnay, exhibiting cool climate fruit characters of citrus, and nectarine. The French oak is harmoniously integrated into the mealy and struck match complex characters.

Palate: This wine is fresh and vibrant with great complexity and richness. The citrus and nectarine fruits flow into textured and layered mid palate, of crème brulee and mealy notes. The French oak is subtle in the background; the palate is held beautifully together and structured by seamless natural acidity. The complex flavours linger thanks to a long, fine, citrus finish.

FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT
Enjoy with a wide range of pasta and white meat dishes.

REVIEWS & ACCOLADES

“…Beautifully balanced, this has an appreciatively long finish too as it seems to rise to a dizzy height and move at that same plateau for a considerable time. The satisfaction factor is high for this wine. No question.” Words from a Wineglass, May 2019

95 Points "...The Chardonnay is from the cool climate Porongurup Ranges in the Great Southern region of Western Australia and it is quite deservedly the winery's flagship Chardonnay.  A light pale yellow youthfulness in colour, the aromas are classic citrus dominated, fresh and lush and vibrant. Lemons, apples and oranges shine through. The nose is lifted, quite pronounced, not overly sharp but does its job well in announcing the positive fruit in the glass. The palate however is softer and smooth. The acidity as implied is not sharp but actually quite soft and rounded resulting in the marriage of the fruit and oak being well integrated and producing a long smooth finish with plenty of citrus and some lovely honey melon. 95/100 Superb." paulippolito.com.

93 Points “Dripping with pristine fruit, white nectarines and grapefruit run a calm and neat course through the mouth. Delicate scents of lemon juice, dried pear and flint hook you in before you take a sip to find a fine minerality caressing the mouth. There's a soft yet persistent citrus drive through the mouth finishing with mealy notes and cream. A beautiful and well-balanced Chardonnay.” QWine May 2019

“…it shows all the delicacy and finesse that come from a cool, almost marginal climate…” PS News, John Rozentals, May 2019

“…Wow what a ripper… complex palate with great structure, texture and refreshing acidity… A real Classic!” Wine Assist, Dan Traucki, May 2019

94 Points “…The nose gives underripe fig and white peach with flashes of flint and oak; The palate enjoys a fine frame with citrus and new season stone fruits. There is a grapefruit like texture to finish that gives generous mouth feel and a base from which oak derived spice and nectarine lingers.” The Wine Review, Patrick Eckel, May 2019

CELLARING POTENTIAL
Will continue to improve and develop complexity with age; cellar for 5 to 8 years.

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