Castle Rock Estate `Diletti` Chardonnay 2012 (12 x 750mL), Porongorup, WA.

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Overview

A cool climate and complex Chardonnay, which has been barrel fermented in French oak, 40% of which was new. Complexity was enhanced by natural ferment, high juice solids during fermentation and leaving the wine on yeast lees in barrel for 10 months.

Region:
WA - Other Western Australian
State:
Western Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Estate-grown, hand-picked, wild-fermented and matured in French oak for 10 months. A distinguished, perfectly made chardonnay that is just starting to hit its straps; white peach, nectarine and gentle citrus fill the palate and long finish. James Halliday, Rating 95, 27th July 2015

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Straw coloured.

Aroma

An extremely complex and layered Chardonnay, exhibiting cool climate fruit characters of citrus and nectarine. The French oak is harmoniously integrated into the mealy and struck match complexing characters.

Palate

A wine of wonderful poise and just sings on the palate. It is fresh and vibrant with great complexity and richness. The citrus and nectarine fruits flow into textured and layered mid palate of crème brulee and mealy notes. The French oak is subtle in the background; the palate is held beautifully together and structured by seamless natural acidity. The complex flavours linger thanks to a long, fine, citrus finish.

Food Matching

Enjoy with a wide range of pasta and white meat dishes.

Vintage
2012
Region
WA - Other Western Australian
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13%

Winery Profile

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Rob Diletti is a quiet achiever who crafts very fine wines for Castle Rock Estate and other products. The hallmark of his style is a light touch and purity of fruit, resulting in wines that taste effortless and genuine. - Huon Hooke

The wines from Castle Rock Estate were made under contract at Alkoomi winery from 1986 to 2000. The next phase of growth was to make our wines on site at Castle Rock Estate. After the 2000 vintage we decided to bite the bullet and proceed with plans to build a 200 tonne winery on the estate. Despite having nearly twelve months, it was only just completed on time, the first tanks arriving only four days before the first grapes arrived.

Planned by Robert and Angelo the winery building makes use of the natural slope of the land and is built on two levels. The grapes are crushed and fermented on the upper level, then gravity fed into the press below, thus doing away with the need to pump the must. This is very important for Riesling as it reduces skin and seeds which give the juice hard phenolics.

The upper level houses four six tonne red fermenters. When the reds have finished fermenting, the press can be positioned below and filled simply by opening the door! The winery is a blend of age old, proven techniques and some equipment which is state of the art. The press, de-stemmer/crusher and refrigeration system were bought brand new so we are sure of their ability performance and reliability. The use of gravity ensure we are not over reliant on machines and we believe we have the right balance to maximise quality.

The wine is bottled on site by a portable bottling line which is set up on the back of a semi-trailer. This is an ideal arrangement as we aren't sending the wine away in a bulk tanker and we don't need to outlay huge capital for a bottling line. Bottling on site means we can be sure that the quality and freshness of the wine is maintained.

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