Castle Rock A&W Riesling 2023
This is a tribute to Angelo and Wendy Diletti, Rob’s parents and the founders of Castle Rock. They planted their first Riesling vines in 1983. All blocks are considered for inclusion. The grapes are hand harvested, and selected from the best rows of the vintage. Whole bunched pressed, a cool fermentation in stainless steel and then four months on lees. A very pale yellow hue, the nose gives us ginger, limes, honey and wet stones. Impeccable focus and exceptional length are on show and the balance is also a highlight. This is obviously very young but already absolutely approachable. Even so, no harm in cellaring a few bottles for the next ten to fifteen years, probably longer. Anyone who has the slightest doubt as to the quality of Riesling from the West needs to try this, and the other CR wines. These are special Aussie Rieslings.