Castle Rock Estate Chardonnay 2020

$20.00

A wonderful fresh and lively cool climate chardonnay, 100% fermented in two and three-year-old barrels. The resulting wine has some complex mealy characters and texture to complement the nectarine and citrus fruits, without any obvious oak characters,


AWARDS & REVIEWS

93 Points, Winepilot, Angus Hughson
92 Points, Winepilot, Ray Jordan
91 Points, QWine
91 Points, The Chronicle, Regan Drew

ASSESSMENT

Colour: Pale straw coloured.

Bouquet: Lovely complex aromas comprising nectarine fruit characters and mealy barrel ferment notes fill the glass immediately. There is also grapefruit, honey comb and gunflint characters all combining harmoniously to enhance the complex yet balanced bouquet.

Palate: Nectarine and grapefruit characters give the wine a lovely rich and generous front palate. The mid pallet shows a great mouth-coating texture and complexity from being barrel fermented. The wine displays great structure and balance due to refreshing and harmonious acidity. This acidity also gives a beautiful crisp, clean and lingering finish.

FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT
This wine will match a wide range of dishes and meals. It is particularly suited to lunches and afternoons in the summer.

CELLARING POTENTIAL
Although designed to be enjoy young while it is fresh and vibrant, this wine will develop complexity while retaining freshness for at least 10 years.

Harvest Date: 15 Feb 2020
Bottling Date: 11 Aug 2020
Alc: 12.5%
pH: 3.30 
T.A.: 6.1 g/L
Residual sugar: 0.0 g/L

REVIEWS & AWARDS

93 Points "If you are looking for a classy chardonnay at a bargain price then look no further than this brilliant wine from Rob Diletti which has real elegance and poise. The fruit comes from near the small Porongurup mountain range which is located in Western Australia’s Great Southern. It is an area well known for riesling thanks to its icy climate, which also has given this wine an attractive tangy acidity. It also has been fermented in youngish barrels which combined with the quality fruit has provided impressive complexity. It is bright medium straw colour and immediately shows what its made of with citrus and pear plus that praline barrel edge. It’s a fresh and acid driven style of chardonnay on the palate with mid weight and well-balanced acidity before a lingering and creamy finish. So much to like here and a great value wine to enjoy over the next five years with lemon chicken." Winepilot, Angus Hughson

92 Points "This might be right up your alley if you’re looking for chardonnay showing slightly more upfront mealy stone fruit characters. At the same time, it delivers with refinement and control so in many ways it’s a halfway house style between some of the older richer styles and the modern leaner expressions. I like it and the price gets me too." Winepilot, Ray Jordan

91 Points "Attractive scents early. Almond meal and toast ride on the back of old oak. Some creaminess too. Dribbles of lemon and grapefruit come late as the mouth is consumed by a wonderful textural appeal. Great summer time drinking. Drink to three years." Qwine

91 Point "Easy, friendly. Struck match, spicy oak, a touch of nougat, stone fruit and mealy complexity. The palate is medium-light bright with slippery stone fruit, some buttery oak and finishing with balanced acidity." Regan Drew, The Chronicle 

"It is a  vibrant and multi-layered Chardonnay which ticks the boxes of freshness and vivacity Chablis-like in style it nontheless displays typical New World muscularity and definition. The palate delivers a spectrum of freshly cut melon, subtle French oak vanillin and refeshing jubey acidity. The finish is long and well supported by wafts of freshly baked brioche and fruit primacy This is a well-crafted, well-priced, bright and moreish Chardonnay by Rob Diletti and reflective of the region and vintage. It is one to be enjoyed fresh as an aperitif but will also reward some cellaring." The Grape Hunter, Gilbert Labour

"Drinking it was so, so easy.  Again, it offered up plenty for the palate without bombarding the senses.  Rich, terrific stone fruit characters get things off to a very good start, along with just a hint of refreshing lemon like acidity.  It feels creamy and textural on the tongue before the fresh, crisp acidity shows up again at the lovely finish.  For a wine so young, everything already seems in balance and, yeah, it will probably cellar in the short term but why bother.  It’s drinking beautifully now in readiness for this new summer season." Words from a Wineglass

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