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Castle Rock Estate

Porongurup Rd, Porongurup, 6324

Cellar Door: Weekdays (10-4), Weekends (10-5)

Ph: (08) 9853 1035

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Castle Rock entrance (photo: by Carlene for genxywines)

A medium sized winey with terrific views of the granitic Porongurups. The vineyard which is one of the highest in WA is located at over 350m.

Towards the end of 1981 the 55 hectare property was specifically selected by the principals, Angelo and Wendy Diletti.

The first varieties (Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon) were planted in 1983. Those first two hectares were followed in 1986 with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with further plantings of Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. Later planting included Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Additionally a Liqueur Muscat, Sparkling White and Late Harvest Riesling are available.

Since 1993 all of the varieties have been grown on a Scott Henry trellis system. Until 2000 the wines were made at Alkoomi until a 200 tonne wine-making and bottling facility was set up on the site.

Son, Robert, is now the winemaker after completing a Charles Sturt degree and working at Mountadam in the Eden Valley as a cellar hand, and then Alkoomi as assistant winemaker. The winery is best known for its Rieslings but mre recently the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are gaining plaudits on the wine judging circuit.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Castle Rock Estate Skywalk Riesling 2016

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2018 or 2023 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, plumper and more flavoursome than the the other minerally releases in the portfolio, brightly flavoured passionfruit and lime with orange blossom and jasmine florals, some musk in there as well, good length with a chalky finish and racy grapefruit acidity (***1/2)

Castle Rock Porongurup Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2017 or 2027 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, perfumed, quite pure and precise lemon sherbet, apple and lime with some tangerine succulence and white florals, focussed and penetrating palate with tangy grapefruit rind acidity and the Porongurup slatiness (*****)

Castle Rock Estate Porongurup Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2016 or 2026 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, fragrant, pure and linear lemon zest, apple and tangerine with orange blossom and white flower notes, brightly lit and chalky with the penetrating grapefruit acidity and sub-regional slatiness, exemplary example of the dry Great Southern style (*****)

Castle Rock Great Southern Riesling 2012

Purchased: Cloudwine ($22)

Drink: 2014 or 2020+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, linear and perfumed with a vibrant core of pear, passionfruit and lime with herbs and a range of florals such as lavender, orange blossom and acacia, dry with a fine talcy texture and flinty finish, penetrating lemon rind acidity is well balanced (****1/2)

Castle Rock Great Southern Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013 or 2022+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, perfumed with an intense core of pear, apple and lime with lavender, orange blossom and acacia florals, dry with a fine talcy texture, shapely with a lean, flinty, mineral and lemon sherbert finish, long and penetrating grapefruit acidity (*****)

Castle Rock Diletti Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, tight entry showing pear, nectarine and honey dew melon leads to a richly textured and mealy mid-palate, flinty and very long with persistent tangy grapefruit acidity and savoury penolics, restrained spicy cashew-vanilla oak (****1/2)

Castle Rock Great Southern Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, spicy and musky red cherry, redcurrant and blood plum with forest floor, mint and game nuances, silky and medium bodied with good length and fine, open knit tannins, some charry cedar oak on the finish (****)

Castle Rock Great Southern Cabernet Merlot 2007

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, smooth and medium bodied cassis and dark plum with green capsicum, mint and pepper notes, some fruitcake aspects are developing, firm powdery tannins with cedar/dark chocolate oak (***1/2)

Castle Rock Great Southern Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2011 or 2020 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, a fragrant and shapely wine that builds intensity along the palate, focussed lime, pear and apple with jasmine and lemon sherbert notes, fine chalky texture, the minerally back end shows penetrating rind acidity, will have a long life (****1/2)

Castle Rock Great Southern Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, savoury and briary with quite concentrated extract for the region, tarry and meaty blackberry, plum and redcurrant with brown spices, black pepper, mint, violet and liquorice complexity, minerally and chalky texture, a fresh cut of acid give this some drive, dark chocolate-cedar French oak, persistent dusty tannins (****)

Castle Rock Great Southern Riesling 2007

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($22)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, floral lime and orange blossom nose, stylish palate also shows pear and passionfruit notes, chalky minerality runs through the whole palate, lingering lemon citrus acids, excellent length, the phenolic finish needs time (****)

Castle Rock Great Southern Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2008, Trophy winner at 2007 Sydney Wine Show, attractive lime blossom nose, taut green apple, lime with a touch of lavender, plenty of chalky minerality and lemon citrus acids, excellent length but needs time to settle down (****)

Castle Rock Great Southern Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2008, trim and light-medium bodied style showing red cherry and plum, supple and savoury with dried herb and white pepper complexity and some light sappy touches, good length (***1/2)

Castle Rock Great Southern Riesling 2004

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton, ($20)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, fragrant apple and pear nose with muscy, floral notes, elegant palate shows tropical fruit, lime and nettle features, dry and crisp, minerally finish (***1/2)

Castle Rock Great Southern Pinot Noir 2003

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton, ($24)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, fairly austere nose showing black cherry with pepper and clove notes, spicy and light-medium bodied palate showing forest floor features but also some sappy acidic edges, fine grained tannins (***)