2021 Castle Rock Estate ‘Diletti’ Pinot Noir


Really good Pinot Noir comes from low yielding, cool climate vineyards, grown on older vines. These characteristics will create balance, intensity and concentration.

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Tasting Notes

Colour: Bright, Ruby 

Bouquet: Whole bunch fermentation is driving the bouquet, a seductive, savoury perfume of morish herbs and spice, with a bright line of red berries adding freshness.  

Palate: The red berries are bright and juicy on the front palate, providing plenty of fruit sweetness but is kept in check by a refreshing red bitters character. An undercurrent of bouquet garni herbs keeps the palate morish. Besides the herb and spice notes, the whole bunches have imparted a super fine and silky tannin structure that is in perfect balance with the natural acidity running through the palate. The tannin and acid harmony drives an amazingly long and fine finish. Very approachable while young but will reward careful cellaring,  up to 10 years. 

Food Accompaniment: Pair with Woodfired Pizza, Grilled Pork Sausages, Mushroom Toasties. 

Cellaring Potential: Will continue to improve and develop complexity with age; cellar for 10+ years.

WinemakingThe Diletti Pinot Noir is a wine showcasing balanced integration of winemaking technique and premium estate grown fruit. An alternative approach to our house style of Pinot Noir production, this wine consists of 100% Handpicked and whole bunch fermented fruit, creating lifted aromatics and a fine tannin structure. 9 months of maturation in old French barriques results in a highly aromatic wine with silky texture and amazing structure and length. Can be enjoyed now but has the balance and structure to cellar. 

97 Points, “… It’s an amazing wine, with a palate of extreme intensity and silky length. Cherries, rose petals, mouth-watering savoury tannins all in balance and harmony.” James Halliday, The Australian newspaper, July 2022

93 Points “Such a meaty pinot noir. And so much undergrowth too. This is complex, to say the least, but it also feels controlled, and sound, and harmonious. Sweet spice and undergrowth through red cherry, the latter presenting as both fresh and stewed. It’s very good.” The Winefront, Campebell Mattinson, July 2022

91 Points, Oz Wine Review, Andrew Graham

Vine Age: 20-35 Years
Yields: 2.2 T/Acre
Harvest Date: 20 March 2021
Bottling Date: 10 February 2022
Alc: 13.5%
pH: 3.65
T.A.: 6.2
Residual sugar: 0 g/L
Vegan friendly
Minimal sulphites used

2021 Castle Rock Estate ‘Diletti’ Pinot Noir