The Real Review: Pristine Porongurup

“The Great Southern Wine region in WA is one of the most isolated in the world. More than 4 hours south of Perth, it requires some effort to get there, though those who make the trek tend to make it more than once.

“Robert’s skill with all of the Estate’s wines is unquestionable, though his rieslings are deservedly held in the highest of esteems.
While the subregion of Porongurup isn’t on the radar of all wine lovers, vines have been in the ground there for over 40 years. With its ancient rocky outcrops, mineral-rich soils, and proximity to the Southern Ocean, the region enjoys a long ripening season with sudden night-time temperature drops producing fruit with high natural acidity.

“While shiraz and cabernet sauvignon from the subregion is often excellent, it’s Porongurups riesling that has stirred the most interest, with producers within the broader region, and from the Margaret River region regularly sourcing riesling fruit and bottling it as their premium release of the variety.

“Named after a significant local landmark, Castle Rock Estate found its home on the eastern slopes of Porongurup Mountain way back in 1983. Sitting at an elevation of 350m above sea-level, the vineyard was planted by Angelo and Wendy Diletti, understanding the unique aspect brought with it excellent water catchment potential…”

The Real Review, Nick Butler

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