Dual trophies for Castle Rock Estate 

Castle Rock Estate has recently been awarded two trophies at the 2023 Perth Royal Wine Awards

The 2022 Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir was awarded the ‘Trophy for Best Pinot Noir’, and within the Special Trophy category, the 2023 Castle Rock Estate Riesling was presented with the ‘Trophy for Wines of Provenance Best Red or White Varietal’.

The 2023 Perth Royal Wine Awards is one of Australia’s longest running wine shows having been established in 1843, and attracting some of the country’s most respected wine judges. The 2023 judging was overseen by Chief Judge Courtney Treacher with Panel Chairs including Cath Oates, Paul Hotker, Sarah Crowe, Julian Langworthy and Steve Flamsteed.

“We are thrilled to receive these awards,” says Castle Rock Estate owner and winemaker Rob Diletti. “Riesling and Pinot Noir are definitely focus wines for us. They are varieties that excel in the Porongurup Region.

“The ‘Trophy for Wines of Provenance’ is a fabulous award as it considers more than a single vintage. We entered three estate grown wines from across 15 years, the 2023, 2018 and 2008 vintages. We make these wines to age well, so the award is a nod to that.

“Our Riesling consists of 100% free run juice, creating elegance and finesse due to the minimal phenolic pick-up from the skins during pressing. It is fermented cool in stainless steel tanks with minimal winemaking influence to highlight the fruit definition and quality attained in the vineyard.”

The 2022 Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir won gold before moving on to win the Trophy. The competing wines included examples from Tasmania and South Australia.

The Pinot Noir was made from estate grown fruit sourced from vines aged between 8-37 years. It is hand and machine harvested with the winemaking comprising seven-day cold soak, whole bunch ferment and barrel fermentation. The wine was then filled into a combination of new and seasoned French barriques and then matured for ten months on medium lees (24% new oak, 19% whole bunch).

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