2012 Castle Rock Estate Riesling

12x750ml Bottles | RRP: $25.50 | $25.50 | Cracka Rating: 5/537

Producer: Castle Rock Estate Type: White Varietal: Riesling Region: Great Southern, WA

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2012 Castle Rock Estate Riesling CrackaWines James Halliday 96 Jeremy Oliver 92
  • Appearance: Pale straw with green hues.

    Nose: A tight, citrus dominated, nose, showing lime and lemon characters. Some light floral notes, orange blossom and a minerally edge adds interest.

    Palate: The palate is Riesling in its purest form, tight and elegant and dominated by citrus fruit characters. The natural acidity is powerful yet wonderfully balanced and gives the wine a mineral structure and great length. The wine is tight and restrained with an attractive delicacy now, yet will blossom with age for at least ten years.
    Cracka Wine Rating100
  • Appearance: Pale straw with green hues.

    Nose: A tight, citrus dominated, nose, showing lime and lemon characters. Some light floral notes, orange blossom and a minerally edge adds interest.

    Palate: The palate is Riesling in its purest form, tight and elegant and dominated by citrus fruit characters. The natural acidity is powerful yet wonderfully balanced and gives the wine a mineral structure and great length. The wine is tight and restrained with an attractive delicacy now, yet will blossom with age for at least ten years.
  • James Halliday says:

    Light, bright straw-green; the scented bouquet has nuances of wild flowers and herbs, together with the more usual lime blossom; the pristine palate has the hallmark intensity and magical acidity that will see the wine unfold its full glory over the next decade and long thereafter. From the Porongurup subregion.

    Best Drinking: 2025
    96

    Jeremy Oliver says:

    Long, intense and deeply flavoured, this full-dimensioned riesling has a pristine bouquet of blue and white flowers, apple and pear, with a hint of tropical fruits, stonefruit and a regional Porongroup whiff of black tea. Explosively flavoured, bursting with intensity, length and brightness, it's long and zesty, finishing clean and refreshing with a hint of sugar balanced by a racy, nervy acidity.

    Best Drinking: 2020-2024+
    The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
    92

    Ray Jordan says:

    Yet another outstanding Riesling from Castle Rock. Spicy minerally and citrus on the nose with an enticing freshness. The palate is so delicate yet so persistent. Precise piercing acid that creates focus and sustains length. Drinking so beautifully now but it has great cellaring potential.

    WA Wine Guide 2013
    90

    Rob Geddes MW says:

    In the zone for this producer with freshness, delicacy and floral citrus zest liveliness. The palate is silky with good weight and fine acidity making it morish and mouth watering on the finish.

    Best Drinking: 2013
    Rob Geddes MW

    James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says:

    A flowery, blossom-filled bouquet is the foreplay for an explosive palate of lime and lime zest, spice and mineral flavours that dance along an almost painfully long spine of acidity, absolutely guaranteeing the future of the wine. Ludicrously cheap. Ludicrously cheap.

    Best Drinking: To 2026
    96

    Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says:

    Finesse and green pears in youth with lovely fine refreshing acidity and delicacy. One of Australia's very best wines.

    Best Drinking: 2017
    Rob Geddes MW
    90

    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:

    An arresting bouquet of wild flower and citrus blossom leads into a classic Castle Rock palate which year-in, year-out develops great complexity, building on the extreme length already present.

    Best Drinking: 2025
    Australian Wine Companion, 2011
    96

    Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says:

    Benchmark riesling, very elegant, complete and stylish. Its penetrative, musky bouquet of lavender and white flowers. pear, apple and lime juice precedes a long, richly flavoured but very shapely and refined palate tightly focused around a bathpowdery undercarriage and a tangy mineral acidity.

    The Australian Wine Annual
    95

    Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says:

    Opens on the nose with those beautiful spicy lemon and lime aromas with a little orange zest. There's a fine thread of minerality and a keen cutting acid. This is a wine displaying balance and precision with the pedigree and class to cellar for at least 10 years.

    The West Australian Wine Guide
    94

    Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says:

    A complex nose that showcases finely struck minerality and flinty edges - really engaging and complex in its youth. An abundance of citrus fruit here, really stunning. The palate's intensely flavoured with tangelo citrus and carries bright yet ripe, zesty acidity long into the finish. Once again, an amazing wine, and well worthy of some space in both the fridge and the cellar.

    Best Drinking: 2015
    The Good Wine Guide
    95

    Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says:

    Finesse and green pears in youth with lovely fine refreshing acidity and delicacy. One of Australia's very best wines.

    Best Drinking: 2016
    Rob Geddes MW

    Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says:

    Super-fresh aromas here, the nose is gently flinty and spicy with plenty of pure, fresh lime citrus fruit. The palate has superb power and finesse, really driving in a punchy line of lime and apple flavour, finishing with dazzling acidity - precise and ethereal, faultless riesling.

    The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
    96

    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says:

    Classic Castle Rock style, its undoubted great future becoming apparent on the fine but very intense back-palate, finish and aftertaste where various citrus flavours intermingle with minerally acidity; a wine of great length.

    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    95

    Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says:

    Finesse and green pears in youth with lovely, fine, refreshing acidity and delicacy. One of Australia’s very best wines.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    91

    Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says:

    Just keeps on turning out superb Rieslings from this high climes of the Porongurup's. This is flinty dry with a spicy citrus aroma. On the palate you get that clean pure minerality with a spicy complexity supported with fine acid. A wine for 10 years in the cellar.

    Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
    94

    Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says:

    A long, lean and nervy young riesling with a penetrative, musky bouquet of white flowers, apple, lime and minerals. Supported by a dusty chassis, its tightly sculpted palate of intense lime juice and lemon flavour finishes with a fresh bite of citrusy acidity.

    Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
    93

    Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says:

    Finesse and delicacy in youth with lovely fine refreshing acidity and delicacy. One of Australia's very best wines.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
    93

    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:

    Good balance, line and length in particular; lovely flavour and mouthfeel. Certain to develop superbly. Gold WA Wine Show '08.

    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    94

    Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says:

    Castle Rock vies for the title of the best and most consistent riesling makers in the State Ð and there's some stiff competition. This is spicy and minerally in keeping with its regionality. Perhaps with more palate weight than some previously and immensely powerful to boot. Another cracker.

    Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
    93

    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:

    Pale straw; dry slate mineral bouquet with pure lemon fruit on the palate; high levels of acid provide a long, fine finish. Dyed-in-the-wool stayer.

    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    94

    Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says:

    Finesse and green pears in youth with lovely, fine, refreshing acidity and delicacy. One of Australia’s very best wines.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010

    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:

    A flowery, aromatic lime blossom bouquet; beautifully delineated varietal character of lime juice and passionfruit on the long palate. Two trophies Sydney Wine Show '07.

    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    96

    Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says:

    Slightly herbal and angular, this delicate and distinctive riesling has a perfume of pear and citrus blossom, with a long and very chalky palate whose lime/apple fruit is cut by a snap of intense mineral acidity. Presently a little awkward, but with plenty of fruit and brightness. it should settle down.

    Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007

    Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says:

    Finesse and green pears in youth with lovely, fine, refreshing acidity and delicacy. One of Australia’s very best wines.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    94

    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:

    A powdery/talcy/spicy bouquet; explodes on the palate with a mix of citrus and more tropical fruit flavours, then crunchy acidity on a long finish.

    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    95

    Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says:

    Delicate tropical and floral aromas of mango and pawpaw precede a smooth and rather herbal palate whose flavours of tinned tropical fruits and asparagus reveal herbaceous undertones finishing under-ripened and slightly metallic.

    Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006

    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:

    Considerable texture, power and weight; deep mid and back palate lime juice; will develop more quickly than some from this Estate.

    Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
    92

    Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says:

    A musky perfume of rose oil, fresh apple and pear reveals nettle-like undertones and precedes a round and fleshy but elegant and silky palate whose delightfully pristine and marginally sweet expression of riesling flavour culminates in a slightly mineral finish. Quite classy and stylish, with Austrian pretensions.

    Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
    93

    Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says:

    Fine, slightly nervy and very stylish and shapely riesling whose musky, floral fragrance of lime juice, lemon, stonefruit and minerals precedes a refreshingly racy, chalky palate. Flavours of lemon, lime, apple and pear are tightly wrapped in fine phenolics and mineral acids.

    Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
    94

    James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says:

    Mineral, apple, herb and lime aromas, moving more to lime/citrus on the smooth, balanced palate; good length, cellaring special.

    Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
    92

    Ray Jordan (2003 Vintage) says:

    This is a mighty good follow-up to the 2002, showing perhaps a more savoury mineral edge to it. The keen edge of lime zest spruces up the nose and the palate has that lovely delicate acidity that this area is known for. Sustained to a long dry finish. It's under screw-up and will cellar beautifully

    Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
    91

    James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says:

    Very pale straw-green; the classy, aromatic bouquet ranges through citrus, apple and passionfruit. The palate is long, with lingering, fine, lemony acidity running through to the finish. The best young Riesling from Castle Rock for some time (they usually take several years to express their quality).

    Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
    93

    Ray Jordan (2002 Vintage) says:

    Shows the classic floral aromas of Porongurups with a little touch of apple and pear thrown in. The wine is quite delightful with gentle acid and zingy mouth feel. The lingering mineral edgy palate sustains a long finish. Has everything to suggest some lengthy cellaring

    Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
    90

    James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says:

    Light green-yellow; a chalky, dusty bouquet with some dried apple aromas is followed by a palate with gently sweet fruit, pleasant but with a curious lack of definition/focus. Makes you wonder whether the cork is to blame; the first wine made on the on-site winery by son Robert Diletti after returning from winemaking in Alsace.

    Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

    James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says:

    Light yellow-green; the bouquet is clean and crisp with mineral and lime fruit aromas which come on the crisp, delicate minerally palate. Touches of citrus are there too, and the wine will develop well over the next seven to ten years.

    Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999

    James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says:

    Light straw-green; the bouquet is, as always, light, faintly spicy and with faint wafts of passionfruit. The palate is very well balanced with lime, spice and mineral flavours, and a spotlessly clean, low phenolic finish. Fresh acid guarantees its longevity.

    Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
Harvey Norman
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