Castle Rock Estate Riesling 2010

Posted: October 9, 2012 in Australia
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Spitting: Optional

Castle Rock Estate Riesling 2010

Vintage: 2010

Style: Dry White

Country: Australia 

Region: Great Southern, WA 

Overview When asked what my favourite wine is I always reply with ‘It depends on the food I’m having.” I believe that I do not give into favouritism but my partner will disagree and my cellar would support this argument. Riesling is definitely the most prominent variety in my collection of white wines yet in the market place this variety does not share the popularity that it has in this house. When you ask someone in the industry what wine they think will overtake the behemoth Sauvignon Blanc most will answer, “Hopefully Riesling but probably Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay.”

Riesling is the darling variety for people in the industry, we all love it and are frustrated by the fact that the wider market place refuses to embrace this wonderful grape. Perhaps it’s like a maternal/paternal instinct, that we want to nurture the underdog, we want to see it succeed!

In the industry we’ve recently seen winemakers experimenting with Riesling, trialling barrel ferments, wild ferments and lees stirring but I have always found that it is the purity of Riesling that makes it so appealing. Which brings me to this wine. So pure it is that it should not be called Castle Rock Riesling but The Virgin Mother Riesling.


Tasting note: Aromas of lime and granny smith apples, these characters are evident on the palate also and are joined by a saltiness and clean, austere minerality. The racy acid on the finish keeps this wine lingering for long after each sip.


Final Say: So pure it’s holy. A great buy for $20 a bottle. Will develop over the next 2-6 years.


Score: 18.5 out of 20 (93 out of 100)


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Jack Davis

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