2023 Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir

$44.00

94 Points, Winepilot // Bright, deep ruby. The nose is classic to the Estate style with Blackcurrants and strawberries mingling with subtle game and char. Good concentration of flavour while remaining bright and refreshing with a lip-smacking quality. Black and red fruits abundant, balanced by savoury BBQ char. The super fine tannin structure interwoven by the bright acid sets the palate up for a long, fine finish.

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Tasting Notes

The wine that first highlighted the suitability of our site to produce premium cool climate Pinot Noir. Clonal and site selection matched with small batch winemaking produces the characteristic house-style of Pinot Noir that Castle Rock Estate is known for.

All estate fruit. Vine age 8-37 years. Hand and machine harvested. Blend of different treatments including: 7 day cold soak; whole bunch ferment; barrel fermentation. Filled to a mix of new and seasoned French barriques and puncheons, matured for 10 months on medium lees. 25% new oak, 15% whole bunch.

Bright, deep ruby. The nose is classic to the Estate style with Blackcurrants and strawberries mingling with subtle game and char. Good concentration of flavour while remaining bright and refreshing with a lip-smacking quality. Black and red fruits abundant, balanced by savoury BBQ char. The super fine tannin structure interwoven by the bright acid sets the palate up for a long, fine finish.

Food accompaniment:  Perfect with duck but also try with lamb, chicken and mild Asian dishes.

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

94 Points “Opens with an exotic aroma of vibrant strawberry with slightly savoury nuances, it’s an engaging perfumed bouquet. The palate captures the season beautifully with a mix of sweet supple fruit with a dry savoury nuance supported by fine chalky tannins. It delivers a real burst of fruit intensity with the combination of 25% new oak and 16% whole bunch adding to its structure and mid-palate power.” Winepilot, Ray Jordan

94 Points “Damn, this is a great drink. It’s a shining beacon for how fabulously approachable and delicious Great Southern Pinot Noir can be. Pour this large. Machine harvested with a portion seeing whole bunch fermentation (15%) and another portion seeing barrel fermentation then spending ten months in mix of new and used French oak (25% new). Dark cherries and strawberries light up the stage with an evocative presence. It’s juicy yet there is some generosity for the curious. Tilled earth, char, a smidge of black tea, twigs and a little pine needle add detail. A fabulous length keeps you captivated and seeking more. I could have glass after glass. Big love! Drink to five years+” Qwine Reviews

93 Points “Castle Rock and Rob Diletti may have established a stellar record for their wonderful Rieslings but it would be a mistake to ignore their Pinots. They rank at the very pinnacle of West Aussie Pinot Noir. The vines providing the fruit for this vintage are between eight and thirty seven years of age. A seven day cold soak, barrel fermentation and maturation for ten months in a combination of new and older French oak barriques and puncheons, a quarter of the oak new and 15% of the grapes whole bunches. Cherry red in colour, this exhibits an attractive, youthful and quite sappy nose. Notes of undergrowth, warm earth, fresh beetroot, red fruits and bay leaves. A fine line of vibrant acidity, there is grip here, and serious length. The wine retains intensity for its entire length, finishing with sleek tannins. Still very young, it will provide pleasure for the next five to six years.” Winepilot, Ken Gargett

92 Points “Bright ruby colour. Neatly varietal with dark cherry, strawberry and pâté meaty influence. Plenty of warm brown spices, root veg and crushed undergrowth giving comfort. Perky medium bodied flow, yet carrying a dark profile with some bound intensity. Herbed cherries and strawberries lead to a tight drying mesh of fine tannins with youthful gunflint at the close. Could even perhaps handle a year or two in the cellar.” Vinonotebook, Regan Drew

91 Points “This stongly varietal 2023 Pinot Noir offers exceptional value for money with its waves of forest floor, beetroot and spicy tones that are pretty fruit-forward but still pack a real kick. Stalky and drying with a sappy bite, impressive and intent will build in the bottle over the medium. Drinking window: 2024-2030” Vinous.com, Angus Hughson, May 2024

“… This is from the Porongurup sub-region and is a bit of a charmer. The bouquet sets everything off on the right foot … strawberry and red fruits, charry barbecue, pippy dark fruit and foresty undergrowth … there’s a lot happening, and all of it is good. It stays that way, too. On the tongue it’s dark and red cherries, silky but not shy, sweet but with amost appealing stalky, savoury edge – bay leaf perhaps. The flavours are bright, engaging and long. Surprisingly long in fact. Any time in the next five years will be fine for this wine. I’m a fan.” Canberra Times, Rick Allen

“…Rob Diletti is producing an impressive range to challenge the best from more favoured areas like Tasmania and the Yarra Valley. Give this a few minutes after opening the bottle and it blossoms into a fragrant beauty that deftly combines fresh red berry characters and savoury hints. Perfect for pairing with duck, mushroom, or chicken dishes. Made from low-yielding 30-year-old vines that are hitting the heights.” Ciao Magazine, Winsor Dobbin

90 Points “Lifted and fragrant aromas of dried flowers, cherry, cooked strawberry, damp earth, spice and sap. Fleshy, full-flavoured and crunchy. Full of snappy red fruits, nutty oak and a brambly wildness. Firm and dry on the finish.” The Real Review

“Wow…. this Rich supple pinot with hints of whole bunch stalk treatment as well as red cherry and redcurrant, new oak and fine powdery tannin and savoury notes. Delicious and complex. Superb pinot for the price. Australian Wine Guide, Clive Hartley

Harvest Date: 17 March 2023
Bottling Date: 13 February 2024
Alc: 12.5%
pH: 3.58
T.A.: 6.5 g/L
Vegan friendly
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 Pinot Noir
97 Points, Halliday Wine Companion

2021 Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir
98 Points, Shanteh Wale, Winepilot

2020 Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir
97 Points, James Halliday, The Australian

2019 Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir
95 Points, Wine Companion

2018 Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir
95 Points, Wine Companion

2017 Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir
96 Points, Wine Companion

2016 Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir
95 Points, Wine Companion

2014 Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir
96 Points, Wine Companion

Castle Rock Porongurup Pinot Noir
2023 Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir
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