The Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir not only aims to capture the terroir of Castle Rock Estate, but also our winemaking technique. Consisting of a blend of all four of our Pinot Noir blocks, the oldest planted in 1986, we are drawing together the individual characters of each block to create a wine that truly expresses the diversity and uniqueness of our site along the Porongurup Range.
Greater complexity is achieved through carrying out several small batch treatments on selected blocks, such as: 100% whole bunch fermentation, cold soaking fruit, and new oak barrel ferments.
These treatments provide us with added blending components that allow us to carefully layer complexity and structure into the resulting wine. 9 – 10 months of maturation in French barriques (25-28% new) on medium lees provides further structure, palate weight and depth of flavour.
The resulting Pinot Noir is complex and structural with great natural acidity and fruit weight balanced by fine tannin texture. While fruit dominant and refreshing when young, the Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir can age gracefully, growing more savoury and complex with time.