Castle Rock Estate, located in the sub-region of Porongurup, part of the Great Southern GI of Western Australia. Winemaker is the talented Rob Diletti. 100% whole bunch ferment with French oak barrel fermentation and maturation in French barriques (between 25-28% new oak) without 9-10 months.
Note, the bottle image shows 2018, but it’s pretty much the same for this vintage.
Castle Rock Estate, Pinot Noir, Porongurup, 2021
Bright ruby hue. Whole bunch overt spice with fleshy red currant, cherry and strawberry with proper Pinot fallen leaf, game meat, hibiscus and rooibos tea. Oak gives a sweetness that supports a suggestion of Turkish Delight. Generous through the palate with a long run of supple and silky tannins with just the right amount of chew from the whole bunch. Consistent length and a bright finish, shadowed with oak char. Development over the medium term. One of the better labels from WA’s Pinot Noir producers.
Rating: 18.25/20 (93/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Castle Rock Estate and Define Wine