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.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES (2018 vintage)Gold Medal96 Points - Wine Companion, Campbell Mattinson95 points - QWine95 points - Jeremy Oliver94 points - paulippolito.com.au94 points - The Vinsomniac93 points - Oz Wine Review92 points - Toni Paterson MW90 points - Huon HookeASSESSMENT
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. FOOD ACCOMPANIMENTIdeal aperitif wine, will also accompany fish, delicate crustacean and mild Asian dishes. CELLARING POTENTIALExcellent ageing potential. It will continue to improve through its first year and then plateau, should drink well for at least 15 years
REVIEWS (2018 vintage)
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...." paulippolito.com.au
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
Harvest Date: 26 February 2020Bottling Date: 14 June 2020Alc: 12.1%pH: 2.90T.A.: 8.1g/LResidual sugar: 0g/L