Castle Rock Diletti Riesling 2022


This is Rob Diletti playing around with Old World techniques to explore the texture and acidity of Riesling (seriously, you should be chasing all of Rob’s wines, whether ‘standards’ or experimental – he has more than proved himself as one of West Australia’s, indeed the nation’s, finest winemakers). Free run juice is racked to barrel along with some solids, before fermentation in older French puncheons and then ten months maturation there with minimal stirring. Bone dry, this is fascinating stuff and lovers of Riesling will adore it. A slightly deeper yellow colour. The aromas weave through limes and oranges. Early complexity is already evident and there is a good line of acidity with near-perfect balance. A lingering finish, though it seems to broaden out just a touch right at the conclusion. A really interesting style to drink now and over the next five or six years.