Castle Rock Estate Shiraz 2015
Porongurup. Polish Hill River. Eden Valley. These three sub-regions are the dress circle of Australian Riesling. But Eden is the only one of those three that can also deliver top flight Shiraz for mine.
Why? Or maybe Shiraz just isn’t the companion variety to Riesling in Porongurup?
This Castle Rock Shiraz certainly has character but it’s not going to change minds either. It’s mushroomy, sappy, bacony and not short on flavour, but there is a rawness too, as if the ripeness isn’t quite there.
Definitive style (and quality), but maybe not the cohesiveness to win hearts and minds. Best drinking: Wait. Wait for 2-3 years to see if those tannins integrate. 17.5/20, 91/100. 13.5%, $30. Would I buy it? A glass.