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Castle Rock Estate Chardonnay

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Who’s the king of the castle? Well judging by this amazing chardy we reckon winemaker Rob Diletti is. He’s been a pivotal part of his family winery since he could walk and now. A great example of WA chardonnay, with varietal elements of stone fruit before a good structure and some harmonious acids rounding out the finish. Put this in the fridge and then enjoy the taste of west Australian chardonnay matched with some prawns. Although designed to be enjoy young while it is fresh and vibrant, this wine will develop complexity while retaining freshness for at least 10 years.

Winemaker's Notes

A wonderful fresh and lively cool climate chardonnay, 100% fermented in two year old barrels. The resulting wine has some complex mealy characters and texture to complement the nectarine and citrus fruits, without any obvious oak characters.

Appearance: Pale straw colour.

Nose: This wine shows great balance between complex barrel ferment characters, and fresh cool climate chardonnay notes of nectarine and citrus. There are hints of honey comb and gunflint characters adding to the complexity of the bouquet.

Palate: Nectarine and white peach fruit give the wine a lovely rich and generous front palate. The mid pallet shows a great mouth-coating texture and complexity from being fermented in two year old barrels. The wine displays great structure and balance due to refreshing and harmonious acidity. This acidity also gives a beautiful crisp, clean and lingering finish.

Food: This wine will match a wide range of dishes and meals. It is particularly suited to lunches and afternoons in the summer.

Cellaring: Although designed to be enjoy young while it is fresh and vibrant, this wine will develop complexity while retaining freshness for at least 10 years.

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Castle Rock Estate Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Fermentation in 2-3-year-old barrels has introduced texture and structure, but left the fruit to express itself clearly, with mouthfilling nectarine and white peach fruit to the fore; the acidity sits where it should.
2014
James Halliday's top value wines $20 & under
93
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
A gentle, elegant fruit-driven chardonnay whose bright, grapey aromas of guava, grapefruit and restrained creamy vanilla oak reveal a hint of spice. Fine and elegant, it's long, smooth and reserved, with vibrant, juicy flavours of tropical and guava-like fruit wrapped in measured oak and a soft acidity.
2014-2017
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
90
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; here low alcohol from early picking has worked well, without leaving the trail of swingeing acidity found in many; instead there is a gentle fusion of nectarine, melon and citrus, with subtle oak adding a complementary touch.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
92
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Supple, elegant and very restrained, this fruit-driven young chardonnay has a vibrant, spicy perfume of guava and paw paw, peaches and cream tightly knit with restrained vanilla oak and backed by mineral nuances and ginger. It's finely crafted, with a pleasing, rather fluffy length of of fresh, crystalline fruit underpinned by a fine chalkiness and wrapped in bright, crisp acids.
The Australian Wine Annual
91
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Fresh out the gate and bursting with rich, ripe stone fruit and citrus aromas, really intense, flinty and smoky - it certainly doesn't get much fresher! The palate has a sizzling, scintillating acid profile and packs tropical fruits and tinned peach flavour, with a long mango finish. Delicious young chardonnay with cool, refined style.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Glowing yellow-green; cool-grown style with a gently toasty entry, then stone fruit, cashew and grapefruit; long, lingering finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89

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