Castle Rock Estate is nestled on the eastern slopes of the Porongurup mountain range and is named after a prominent nearby landmark. The vineyard has a cool and elevated northerly aspect, resulting in intensely flavoured wines.
Pure Riesling aromas, typical of Porongurup Riesling. Lime juice backed by a beautiful fragrance of orange blossom and fresh flowers. There are hints of lavender as well as passionfruit, giving a bouquet that is zesty and fresh, yet also of great depth.
The lime juice characters again dominate and run the length of the palate. The floral notes are just evident and the natural acidity gives focus and drive. The wine is zesty and has an incredibly tight and linear structure, yet has great generosity and succulence, as is the want of great Riesling. The wine is tight and restrained with an attractive delicacy now, yet will blossom with age for at least fifteen years.
You often need to have tasted Castle Rock's Rieslings as they develop over a 5-10-year period to interpret them in their youth. Having said that, this has more varietal fruit (citrus, apple and citrus zest) interwoven with minerally acidity than many of its predecessors. Its aftertaste is extraordinarily persistent. A gold-plated bargain. Rating: 96 Points; Drink by: 2035; Price: $26; Date Tasted: Sept 2015; Alcohol: 12.5%; Top 100 Wines of 2015 - James Halliday; Weekend Australian
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