2023 Castle Rock Estate ‘A&W’ Riesling


96 Points ‘The Vintage Journal’ // This wine, named in honour of our founders, highlight the greatness of Riesling from the vineyard. It is complex with savouriness complementing the pure Riesling characters.

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Tasting Notes

Named in honour of Angelo and Wendy, who founded Castle Rock Estate by planting the first Riesling vines in 1983. Careful fruit selection creates a Riesling of finesse and purity, that expresses the greatness of our site. All estate fruit. Sourced from the best performing Riesling blocks. Hand harvested fruit from best rows. Fruit selection, chilled overnight, whole bunch pressed to 450 L/T. Light solids included in ferment. Cool ferment in stainless steel tank with inoculated yeast. Left on lees for 4 months post-ferment.

Colour: Bright, pale Lemon in colour.

Bouquet: A delicate yet fragrant nose, white florals crushed curry leaf and hints of flint.

Palate: There’s weight to the palate, with a super fine, delicate acid structure expected of our A&W Riesling. Lees contact has added a more-ish textural element. A seamless mouthfeel, with a long and lingering finish.

Food Accompaniment: Ideal aperitif wine, will also accompany fish, delicate crustacean and mild Asian dishes.

Cellaring Potential: Excellent ageing potential. It will continue to improve through its first year and then plateau, should drink well for at least 20 years.

96 Points “A very pale yellow hue, the nose gives us ginger, limes, honey and wet stones. Impeccable focus and exceptional length are on show and the balance is also a highlight. This is obviously very young but already absolutely approachable. Even so, no harm in cellaring a few bottles for the next ten to fifteen years, probably longer. Anyone who has the slightest doubt as to the quality of Riesling from the West needs to try this, and the other CR wines. These are special Aussie Rieslings.” Winepilot, Ken Gargett, Nov 2023

96 Points “Intense bouquet of preserved lemon, wet stone, verbena, Bright and zesty with superb intensity and drive. Finished long with an attractive grippy, mineral finish. Now -2033+” The Vintage Journal, Oct 2023

95 Points “The 2023 A & W Riesling is named in honor of winery founders, Angelo and Wendy Diletti. It is the product of the lovely 2023 season, which was mild and even. The wine at this early stage is gently textured and fine yet with a powerful flow of flavor across the palate. The wine has a coiled aspect to it and feels very much like it will be ready to spring into action in the future. The Castle Rock Rieslings made by Rob Diletti offer us ample opportunity to drink now and/or cellar, and all of the wines offer incredible value for money. It may not always be this way, but for now, the almost invisible hand of Diletti in these wines is admirable. They are classy to the nth degree. 12% alcohol, sealed under screw cap.” Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Erin Larkin

95 Points “A wine made in honour of the founders Angelo and Wendy who had the foresight to plant Riesling vines in 1983. Hand harvested, whole bunch pressed, stainless steel ferment and left on lees for 4 months. Grated galangal root, white pepper and cider apples. Pickled pear, grapefruit pith and chalk. Bone dry and savoury on the palate this wine is a tale of texture and angular edges. Built for the long haul, the wine is drinking beautifully but will develop almond skin, candle wax and quince over time. A reward for your cellar in 15 years. Serve with BBQ shellfish and fresh lemon.” Winepilot, Shanteh Wale, Nov 2023

95 Points “Very light colour with a less floral but more mineral aroma: stony and slaty, the palate likewise racy and trim, lean and mineral/stony, with slaty and saline/bath salts nuances. Very dry finish but avoids austerity. A true vin de garde.” Huon Hooke, The Real Review, Oct 2023

94 Points “This savory 2023 Riesling A&W ripples with stoney, earthy and spicy nuances delivered with force and subtlely. An explosion burst of acidity follows citrus tones to the fore, but with stylish stony complexity again in support. Pristine, refined and will age well.” vinous.com, Angus Hughson, May 2024

94 Points “The first word that comes to mind is ‘delightful’. It’s an accessible, vibrant expression that delivers on the regional promise of zingy acidity and compact lemon-lime citrus characters, but a nuance of subtle savouriness lends charm and there’s a light powdery influence in texture. Lots on. The wine feels floral and fruity, too, a prettiness woven into the seriousness of its acid profile, and the length of flavour continues long after each sip. I see spicy pan-Thai cuisine in its future, and soon.” Wine Companion, Mike Bennie

★★★★★ “A personality all of its own, this one. Let’s start from the top: it’s from Porongurup in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, which is ideally suited for prime cool-climate wine production – in other words, it’s superb riesling country (at last count, Castle Rock were producing no less than five rieslings). The A and W is in honour of Castle Rock founders Angelo and Wendy Diletti who planted their first vines there in 1983. This is made entirely from selected parcels of estate grown fruit. Pale lemon in colour, there’s a real briny seaside element to this, almost Chablis-like. We’re talking salty, oyster shells and sea spray, with a crisp lime undertow. It’s clean and taut, with a fine lemony acid backbone that suggests this would cellar extremely well. It will be interesting to see how these saline flavours develop over the next 10 years. Quite beautifully I suspect.” Newcastle Herald, Rick Allen, Nov 2023

93 Points “Salty-sour margarita hit! It’s powerful in flavour with a chew, salt, limes and briny lemons. There’s not much for the floral or fruity element in this wine, which doesn’t worry me and it’s not a bad thing. It’s much more about the pure salty oyster shell and lemon juice, pith and acidic tension. It feels crisp and refreshing and in this sense quite delicious.” The Winefront, Kasia Sobiesiak

★★★★★ “An intensely limey, dry riesling with stoney/flinty overtones. Steely acid underlies the beautifully expressed fruit. A classic cellaring style.” Winewise Magazine, Oct 2023

92 Points, Oz Wine Review, Andrew Graham, Nov 2023

Harvest Date: 5 April 2023
Bottling Date: 15 August 2023
Alc:: 12.0%
pH: 2.99
T.A.: 9.4g/L
Residual sugar:0.1g/L
Minimal sulphites used

Here’s a few older vintage tasting notes for those that have some of our wines in their cellars. These notes were written upon release of each of these wines.

2022 Castle Rock Estate ‘A&W’ Riesling

2021 Castle Rock Estate ‘A&W’ Riesling
95 Points “The pinnacle of rieslings made at Castle Rock, and a scintillatingly true, pristine expression of Porongurup. Green apples, white spring florals (jasmine, stephanotis, honeysuckle), crushed chalk and hints of juniper. Fine saline acidity is the thread that pulls it all together. It is delicate, but it is so long; the flavour enduring, dragging out the finish. You must be prepared for a quiet wine here, however once you are attuned to the tone it is possible to hear the reverberations long after the wine is gone.” Wine Companion 2023, Erin Larkin

2020 Castle Rock Estate ‘A&W’ Riesling
97 Points, Wine Companion

2018 Castle Rock Estate ‘A&W’ Riesling
96 Points, Wine Companion

2017 Castle Rock Estate ‘A&W’ Riesling
92 Points, The Real Review, Toni Paterson MW

2016 Castle Rock Estate ‘A&W’ Riesling
97 Points, Wine Companion

2015 Castle Rock Estate ‘A&W’ Riesling
94 Points, The Real Review, Huon Hooke

2013 Castle Rock Estate ‘A&W’ Riesling
94 Points, The Real Review, Huon Hooke

2012 Castle Rock Estate ‘A&W’ Riesling
93 Points, The Real Review, Huon Hooke

Castle Rock Estate A&W Riesling
2023 Castle Rock Estate ‘A&W’ Riesling