Castle Rock ‘Porongurup’ Riesling 2022


Named after a prominent nearby landmark, Castle Rock Estate is nestled on the eastern slopes of the Porongurup mountains.

The winery has been built in a way that makes use of the natural slope of the land with wine moved via gravity. Not only is this a more sustainable process, but gentler on the wine thus retaining quality. Castle Rock Estate is actively reducing their carbon footprint; their winery is solar powered, all waste water is treated with a pond aerator (100% solar powered), they utilise only rain water and use no pesticides or insecticides.

"Within the winery we minimise winemaker intervention where possible to maintain a wine’s varietal expression. Avoiding unnecessary skin contact, maceration and oxidation is how we achieve this with white varieties. Whereas when working with red varieties, we follow more traditional winemaking methods such as the use of oak barrels, whole bunch fermentations, and extended maceration to build complexity and structure, but never at the detriment of varietal expression." Castle Rock Winery

Organic Principles | Vegan Friendly

“2022 was a warm but excellent vintage in Western Australia, and in the heartland of great Riesling, the Great Southern, winemaker Rob Diletti toils away making consistently great, precise, focused (and value-for-money) Rieslings. They speak of Porongurup in their soft floral aromatics and talc-y acidity in the mouth, and they achieve that hard-to-do thing: great on release, great in a decade too. Anyway, the 2022 Porongurup Riesling is so typical of Porongurup (my favorite subregion in the Great Southern for Riesling) that it brings a smile to the face. In the mouth, the wine is layered with green apple, chalk, jasmine florals, white tea and finger lime parcels. On the mid-palate, this focused wine changes tack and splays out through the back palate and lingering finish with concentrated flavor. It’s a beautiful wine. One of the best.” 96pts | Erin Larkin | Robert Parker Wine Advocate

“Rob Diletti continues to make excellent wines over in the far West and none better than his Rieslings. This is from the Porongurup sub-region and is an exquisite example of what those distant vineyards can offer. Pale straw in colour, we have a pristine nose with citrus and limes plus a hint of grapefruit pith, florals and river stone notes, with a taut minerally backing. Balance, poise, focus, intensity, persistence and serious length with a fine line of acidity running the full length. Brilliant stuff. A wine which will provide as much pleasure today as it will in ten to twelve years, though it has everything in place to go for much longer. If this doesn’t thrill you then it is time you gave up on Riesling.” 96pts | Ken Gargett | Winepilot

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