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Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir

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Castle Rock is one of the wineries to follow. Not only do they make awesome riesling, but the pinot noir seems to get better with every vintage! This 2011 offering shows very pinoty aromas of red berries and cherries with sniffs of exotic spice and savouriness, subtle hints of white pepper and burnt toast (in a good way!). The palate is medium-bodied and graceful with more of those cherry berry flavours, slinky tannins, and a long, gamy-edged finish. It's a triumph in a difficult year.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Mid red colour, with great depth.

Nose: This wine screams “Pinot” from the very outset. The dark cherries and strawberry fruits are complemented beautifully by spice, liquorice, and creamy Pinot complexity. There are hints of stalks and some charry barrel ferment characters all combining to give the wonderful complex nose you would expect from good Pinot Noir.

Palate: The entry to the front palate is generous and rich, with the dark cherry and strawberry fruit characters. There is a silky texture and wonderful balance running through the mid palate, with the quality French oak adding subtle charry notes. The tannins are fine and balanced, combining with a tight acid structure to give a long, lingering and powerful finish. The light gaminess adds complexity, which will continue to develop with age.

Food: Perfect with duck but also try with lamb, chicken and mild Asian dishes.

Cellaring: Will continue to improve and develop complexity with age; cellar for 6 to 8 years.

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Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Clear, bright crimson; yet another step up on the ladder for Castle Rock Pinot Noir, immediately proclaiming its variety from the first whiff (and sip); elegant, intense red berry fruits are backed by silky, fine tannins, oak seen but not heard. Should give eastern states pinots from '11 a hard time in the show ring.
2019
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012
96
Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
A lightly framed pinot noir yet one that still holds lots of secrets and interest. Cherry and raspberry aromas with some spicy floral notes. The palate displays fine chalky tannin with lovely light oak treatment to support the light but still intense fruit. Beautiful wine with some short term cellaring.
WA Wine Guide 2013
95
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Very appealing depth of red fruit with a full varietal spectrum and touch savoury in the aroma. There is summer pudding, sour and ripe and very ripe red cherry in a generous fanfare of the variety. The mouthfilling flavours are rich and silky with impressive depth flavour and finish. Lovely now with food and will age for a period and relative good value for the price.
2017
Rob Geddes MW
94
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Slightly exaggerated in its youth, this minty, herbal and faintly tomatoey pinot should acquire more classical expression, subtlety and complexity as it ages. Scented with raspberries, dark cherries, rose petals and aromatic, fine-grained oak, it's smooth, supple and even. Supported by pliant, but genuinely firm tannins, it's long and deeply flavoured with cherries, plums and redcurrants, finishing with soft acids and a hint of tea leaves.
The Australian Wine Annual
91
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light, bright crimson; confit plum aromas lead into a palate with abundant varietal fruit in a blood plum spectrum; a thoroughly impressive and beautifully made pinot in similar style to the excellent '09; the tannins do need to soften.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
A delicate fresh pinot style with a crisp lively palate.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright red-purple; having mastered pinot noir in the vineyard and winery, Rob Diletti is not about to relax; fragrant red cherry and blood plum aromas lead into a fine, silky palate with juicy red fruits running through its length and aftertaste.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Another wonderful pinot from Rob Dilleti. The aromas of spices, red berry, sour cherry and raspberry are just s beautiful. On the palate its delivers more supple sweet fruit held with a fine firm tannin grip and excellent oak. Lovely long finish with spices and sweet fruit in abundance.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
93
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Attractive bright cherry fruit here and a really pure expression of pinot noir that has undeniable appeal. The cherry theme continues through to the palate and makes a smooth impression thanks to fine tannins and a bright, up-beat finish, with wild strawberries to close. What is not to like? Terrific.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright red; spotless aromas of cherry and plum lead into a pure palate, with primary fruit characters still foremost. It is another step along the way in Rob Diletti's pinot noir journey, and bodes very well for the future — and for this wine, which won the trophy for Best Pinot Noir at the Melbourne Wine Show '09.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A distinctly regional but charming pinot of elegance and balance. Pristine flavours of fresh black and red cherries and fresh cedary chocolatey oak are backed by suggestions of dried herbs and a hint of tomato stalk. It's smooth and silky, with a lively, translucent palate underpinned by fine, supple tannins. It should build more weight and texture with time in the bottle.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
92
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Robert Diletti is turning out some wonderful Pinots and this is another beauty. Spicy sour cherry aromas with vanillin oak and subtle damp earthy characters. The palate though light to medium body carries itself with plenty of pomp to a powerful finish supported with firmish tannins A Pinot of substance and class.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright colour; pure varietal fruit, with spice and savoury nuances; fine tannins and good acidity; long and supple on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Tightly crafted, lean and rather introverted, this fine, supple and fragrant young pinot marries reserved flavours of maraschino cherries and plums with savoury undertones of smoked bacon, dried hems and cedary oak. Long and finely balanced, it should flesh out well.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light, bright red-purple; fragrant and elegant red cherry and strawberry fruit; a long, lingering finish, texture around the corner
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Light-bodied; cherry, spice and forest; well balanced, good texture.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
With a rustic and rather reductive perfume that ultimately reveals aromas of fresh cherries, rose petals and undergrowth, this juicy, supple and sappy pinot marries some piercingly fine fruit qualities with genuine fine-grained elegance and texture. Finishes with a lingering core of varietal fruit and refreshing acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
90
Ray Jordan (2001 Vintage) says
I tasted this as a very young wine last year and reckon I might have been a bit hard on it. Since then it has gained more fragrance and perfumed characters on the nose. On the palate it's gained plenty of ripe cherry and earthy fruit with lovely vanillin oak emerging. Balance is very good. Coming into its own. Very encouraging
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
90

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