Porongurup, Great Southern
Winemaker – Rob Diletti
Sustainable Vineyard Practices
Established in 1983 on the picturesque slopes of Porongurup Mountain within the Great Southern region. Named after the imposing ‘Castle Rock’ that sits within the National Park, the vineyard was one of the earliest planted in the region.
The first vintage was made in Frankland River, with the grapes carted 100 kilometres. The wine was then bottled in the Swan Valley. While it was well travelled, the Riesling was awarded a gold medal, giving confidence that the vineyard was well situated. The winery, built in 2001, marked a new era, and gave further control over the winemaking process.
The Riesling’s Rob is making range from traditional dry styles through to off dry, and the super structured A&W Reserve Riesling.
Planned by Robert and Angelo the winery building makes use of the natural slope of the land and is built on two levels. The grapes are crushed and fermented on the upper level, then gravity fed into the press below, thus doing away with the need to pump the must. This is very important for Riesling as it reduces skin and seeds which give the juice hard phenolics.
The winery is a blend of age old, proven techniques and some equipment which is state of the art. The press, de-stemmer/crusher and refrigeration system were bought brand new so we are sure of their ability performance and reliability. The use of gravity ensure we are not over reliant on machines and we believe we have the right balance to maximise quality.