2023 Castle Rock Estate ‘Diletti’ Pinot Noir


Named in honour of the Diletti family who founded Castle Rock Estate, this range of wines explores the idea of textural wines. The textural component of this Pinot Noir is derived from the tannins created through whole bunch fermentation.

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Handpicked estate Pinot Noir. Whole bunch fermenters were filled with CO2 gas and sealed to encourage carbonic maceration and left to cold soak. Ferments were foot stomped throughout fermentation. 10 months barrel maturation on medium lees.14% new oak, 78% whole bunch, unfined.

Bright, ruby. Highly aromatic; fig leaf, pencil shavings with an undercurrent of dark fruits. A more delicate and precise mouthfeel than its siblings, driven by the graphite like fine tannins, but by no means lacking in flavour. Juicy red fruits up front, followed by dried spiced characters, think cumin and coriander. The fine tannin structure is working with the acid back bone to drive a long, lingering finish. This wine will reward careful cellaring.

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

Cellaring: Up to 10 years +

Note: This limited wine will not be discounted in a mixed dozen, although it will contribute to the 12 bottles, enabling the 8% case discount in the other wines in the dozen. Wine Club Member discount for this wine will be automatically allocated at the check out.

96 Points “This is a completely engaging example of Porongurup Pinot Noir in the hands of a master winemaker. After the fruit was handpicked it underwent carbonic maceration with cold soaking and the old foot stomping technique was used before 10 months in oak. Seductive aromas of strawberry and darker plum with a savoury edge. The silky-smooth palate delivers a combination of power and drive presented with elegance and poise.” Winepilot, Ray Jordan

95 Points, “Bright with an energetic lift, it was an excellent exercise tasting this beside its siblings. From the Porongurup sub-region of the Great Southern, this Castle Rock Estate Diletti is the wine I kept coming back to.
Its presence and feel are captivating. The use of whole bunches (78%) and carbonic maceration are telling and that bunchy savoury appeal brings an intriguing drive. Spending ten months in mostly older French oak (14% new), the strawberry and red cherry fruit is buzzing with excitement and delivers a red apple lick for good measure. Plums add depth along with some earthiness, dried herbs and dried leaves. Well handled acid frames a wine that will see a long future. Persistent, gracious, moreish and considered, this is an excellent Pinot Noir. Drink to eight years+” Qwine, Apr 2024

Harvest Date: 28 March 2023
Bottling Date: 14 February 2024
Alc: 12.5%
pH: 3.72
T.A.: 5.9
Vegan friendly
Minimal sulphites used

2023 Castle Rock Estate ‘Diletti’ Pinot Noir

2022 Castle Rock Estate ‘Diletti’ Pinot Noir

Castle Rock Estate Diletti Pinot Noir
2023 Castle Rock Estate ‘Diletti’ Pinot Noir