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Castle Rock Estate Riesling

April 23, 2008

I haven’t been posting regularly lately, finishing one job, starting a new challenge on Monday and a well-deserved break inbetween. When away with the family I normally avoid wineries and cellar doors but when in the Porongurups it would be a shame to miss Castle Rock. With the Stirling Ranges visible on clear days it forms one of the most dramatic backdrops in WA while the reversed view from the 1095m-high Bluff Knoll is equally stunning. But it’s not primarely the natural surroundings that make made me pay a visit to the warm and hospitable – even in the midst of vintage – Diletti’s. For me their wonderful Rieslings are the true reason behind it all and I just had to see and feel the place where one of my favourite drinks is born year after year. 

My first introduction to these tightly structured and intensily concentrated wines was at a vertical tasting a couple of years ago. A backbone of impeccable balanced acid proved to be the key to their longevity with the most wines showing their best after several years in the bottle, having shed off their initial shyness. This turned out to be the same at this visit to the cellar door where the still tight, steely, racy and relatively austere 2007 Riesling contrasted sharply with the award-winning approachable and oh so gorgeous 2003. At respectively $20 and $28 you can readily drink – or cellar – one of Australia’s best.

Source: Castle Rock Estate/Swanbourne Cellars  Drink: Now-2020