Castle Rock 'Diletti' Chardonnay 2017 (Porongurup, Western Australia) "...citrus, nectarine, creme brulee..."
A cool climate and complex Chardonnay, which has been barrel fermented in French oak, 28% of which was new. Complexity was enhanced by natural ferment, some juice solids during fermentation and leaving the wine on yeast lees in barrel for 10 months
"I have followed Castle Rock for a number of years, they are well known for Riesling, but also craft a lovely Chardonnay. The 2017 is much more elegant and compact that some other vintages and is sure to reward medium term development. The nose gives underripe fig and white peach with flashes of flint and oak; The palate enjoys a fine frame with citrus and new season stone fruits. There is a grapefruit like texture to finish that gives generous mouth feel and a base from which oak derived spice and nectarine lingers." - 94 Points, Patrick Eckel
"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 complex characters. This wine 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."