Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir 2018

$32.00

Recommended Retail Price - $34

AWARDS & REVIEWS
Gold Medal, 2019 Perth Royal Wine Awards
94 Points, The Winefront, Campbell Mattinson
94 Points, Winereviewer.com.au
93 Points, The Vinsomniac

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: 8th March 2018
Bottling Date: 10th February 2019
Alc: 13.5%
pH: 3.60
T.A.: 6.2g/L
Residual sugar: 0g/L

REVIEWS

94 Points   "Castle Rock’s pinots are always just that; Castle Rock’s pinots. They don’t ape anything. They’re also very good. Fantastically delicious. There’s my phrase for the day. So (woodsy) spicy, so textural, so persistent. It’s more-ish but it stands tall on pure traditional quality terms as well. Gorgeous tannin structure and length. An absolute buy recommendation on this one."
The Winefront, Feb 2020

"Light bright purple/red colour, attractive strawberry & cherry aromas with a splash of subtle spice, gorgeous palate, superbly balanced with layers of flavours. A TRULY GORGEOUS PINOT!" Wine Assist, Dan Traucki, Feb 2020

94 Points, "A glossy red in the glass with a nose that is reminiscent of central Otago with generous black cherry and plum that is wrapped in sandalwood spice and faint undergrowth. The wine is no shrinking violet with fruit, acid and tannin on full show yet meeting each other in equal measure whilst remaining intensely varietal. There is a lattice of spice that works with rhubarb and fresh earth to finish. A wine that will evolve and live for a long time."  Winereviewer.com.au, Feb 2020

93 Points  "...Take it unto oneself, it's succulent with a vein of acidity that represents the wine's nervous system, about which all else hangs.  The fruit, threading a savoury mien, casting a fine minerally tannin. Castle Rock wines just possess an inherent balance, here that fruit/savoury proposition hanging nicely." 
The Vinsomniac, Feb 2020

"... entices both on the eye and initial nose. Deep cherry hue and a crystal-clear meniscus presage a wine of interest and substance. It is well-anchored in the traditional varietal Pinot Noir characters redolent of maraschino cherries, blackberries and brambles. The intensity of flavours is reflected across the palate with a seamless delivery of fine tannin savouriness, crisp natural acid, minerality and a flirtatious hint of smoky ripe fruit. The long, lush palate journey finishes with a fulsome, textural spicy mouthfeel which entices to yet another glass. Another offering of distinction from Owner / Winemaker Rob Diletti and team."
The Grape Hunter, Gilbert Labour, Feb 2020