Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir 2017

$32.00

Recommended Retail Price - $34

AWARDS
Gold & Trophy Best Pinot - Wine Show of Western Australia 2018
Gold Medal, 2019 Perth Royal Wine Awards
96 Points - Halliday Wine Companion
92+ points - The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson
91 points - Huon Hooke
92 points - The Wine Reviewer
90 points - QWine

ASSESSMENT

Colour:  Mid red colour.

Bouquet: The aromas from this wine show true Pinot Noir character. Strawberry and cherry fruits are backed by a complex and creamy gaminess. There are also hints of spice, stalks, and some charry barrel ferment characters all combining to give the wonderful complex aromas you would expect from good Pinot Noir.

Palate: The front palate shows the cherry and strawberry fruit characters. There is a silky texture and wonderful balance running through the mid palate, with the quality French oak adding subtle charry characters. The tannins are fine and balanced, combining with a tight acid structure to give a long, lingering and powerful finish. The light gaminess adds complexity, which will continue to develop with age.

FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT

Perfect with duck but also try with lamb, chicken and mild Asian dishes.   

CELLARING POTENTIAL

Will continue to improve and develop complexity with age; cellar for 6 to 8 years.

Harvest Date: 14th April 2017
Bottling Date: 5th February 2018
Alc: 12.5%
pH: 3.55
T.A.: 7.1g/L
Residual sugar: 0g/L

REVIEWS

96 Points.  "Good retention of hue and depth. This is one of the best pinot noirs from Castle Rock. The bouquet and palate seamlessly interact, each with red cherry, wild strawberries, mirror-smooth but important tannins and totally integrated oak. Can't be climate change, but could easily - indeed most likely - be greater vine maturity." Wine Companion

92+ Points.  You have to hand it to them. This is very good. It doesn’t have a lot of treble but its bass notes are complex and alluring. Spice, undergrowth, floral herbs, stems and churns of dark, macerated berries. Tannin adds presence as well as shape; the finish is convincing. Very nicely done." The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson 

92 Points.  "A delicate light red in the glass, this is a wine of elegance and persistence. The nose gives floral red cherry with sappier rhubarb notes and genoristy of spiced oak. The palate is built around tart red cherry fruits that have smokey oak and a touch of bitter earth. Rhubarb and just ripe wild strawberry give a lean and savoury note to the mid palate before the finish is given dimension by quality french oak and lingering red berry fruits. A wine that will undoubtedly improve over the medium term." Wine Reviewer, Jan 2019

91 Points.  "Medium to light red colour with a tinge of purple, the bouquet sweetly cherry-like with bright fresh herby-minty highlights. The wine is loaded with fruit, spicy and cherry-like, with some alcohol heat on the finish, confirming the very ripe fruit. A succulent, sweet-fruited pinot." Huon Hooke, Dec 2018

"... Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir definitely elicited the "wow" factor. Fragrant and vibrant, it unleashed top notes of mushroom straw, cedary oak and wafts of mixed herbs. These attributes are well supported by clear acid, fine tannins and opulent fruit in the strawberry / dark cherry range.. The aromas and flavours continued to evolve in the glass over the meal of grilled lamb cutlets. It is a well-crafted, flavoursome Pinot Noir, reflective of the region. It currently delivers mouth-filling generosity of fruit, but will continue to develop and please with some cellaring."  The Grape Hunter, Gibert Labour, Nov 2018.

"...it is light bright red, has a bouquet redolent in cherries & strawberries, beautiful lively fine tuned palate with great structure & a classy finish. OUTSTANDING!!"  Wine Assist, Dan Traucki, Nov 2018.

"...Cherries are the main contributor on the palate bordering on the darker spectrum, yet they are nicely balanced by strawberry characters and a nice touch of spiciness, but it’s all about the fruit with this wine and bravo I say..." Words from a Wineglass, Nov 2018

9.3/10  "Quintessential pinot and perhaps the embodiment of what pinotphiles around the globe desire … but it could just be forthright WA pinot. Amazingly bright." Daily Examiner, Max Crus

"...This vibrant pinot noir has 13 per cent alcohol, ruby red hues and bouquet garni aromas. Lifted cherry flavour displays on the front palate, raspberry, cloves, licorice and vanillin oak integrate on the middle palate and peppery tannins come through at the finish. Try it with duck a l’orange..." Newcastle Herald, Feb 2019

"This is a bright pinot noir from Castle Rock Estate in the Porongurup region in Western Australia. It has a primary fruited aroma of cherries and spice. There is evident CO2 on the palate, which complements its chirpy acidity and gentle cedar influence. Ready to drink now, this is an approachable wine. Rating: Good." Grape Observer, May 2019