2017 Castle Rock Porongurup Pinot Noir

I’d like to say first up that I think Pinot Noir should always be made true to the variety.  By this I mean Pinot Noir when it is made needs to taste like a Pinot Noir and express its place of origin.  Terrior if you’d like, but I simply prefer it is not made like a dry red wine, if you know what I mean.  Regardless of what it costs, Pinot Noir is first and foremost a food wine in my opinion.

The colour certainly said Pinot even if it was a tad light.  Regardless of that, it maintained its varietal integrity.  Aromatically, it has a vibrancy about it with dark cherries and a hint of red fruits.

Cherries are the main contributor on the palate bordering on the darker spectrum, yet they are nicely balanced by strawberry characters and a nice touch of spiciness, but it’s all about the fruit with this wine and bravo I say.  Oak is charry and subtle contributing to the wine but not bothering the fruit or varietal characters one iota.  This is a well made wine for the price.

My first foray into West Australian Pinot Noir (that I can recall) has been a very good one.  I sincerely hope it’s not the last.

Castle Rock Estate Website

Region: Great Southern, WA     Price: $34     Source: Sample courtesy of Castle Rock Estate and Define Wine


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