Tag: Western Australia

Castle Rock Estate Pinot Noir Porongurup 2017

This is a bright pinot noir from Castle Rock Estate in the Porongurup region in Western Australia. It has a primary fruited aroma of cherries and spice. There is evident CO2 on the palate, which complements its chirpy acidity and gentle cedar influence. Ready to drink now, this is an approachable wine. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price $38. Website: https://castlerockestate.com.au. Source: Sample.

Frankland Estate Riesling 2015

This is an exciting wine.  It is among the best young rieslings I have tasted and is from Frankland Estate in the Frankland River region in Great Southern in Western Australia.  And here I was hoping to buy less wine over the next couple of months … Its aromatics are saline, with a mineral and lime overlay.  The palate has wonderful length on the finish and is dry with a medium, even slightly plumper, body and flavours reminding of lemon, lime and minerals, bound together by a saline seam of fresh acidity.  Utterly delicious.

Rating: Very Good to Outstanding
Price: $28
Read more: http://www.franklandestate.com.au
Tasted: 2016

Houghton White Classic Houghton Original 2012

Houghton’s White Classic is a white wine blend made predominantly from chenin blanc.  It has been produced for a number of years, and is currently made by winemaker, Ross Pamment.  Tasting the wine, there seems to be a reason for its longevity, namely that an interesting wine is provided at modest price point.

In terms of appearance, it is lemon in colour, with, I thought, an ever so slight pink tinge, but that may have been my glass cleaning ability on show.  Its aromatics are clean, with a pronounced intensity, and youthful notes of grass, tropical fruits including guava, lemon citrus and ripe pears.  The palate is dry with medium (perhaps a bit higher) acidity, medium body, and lemon citrus and pear flavours, coupled with medium length.  There’s some interesting depth and viscosity on the palate, as a well as a youthful petillance.  This wine is a good value wine for the price, and punches above its weight.  Good

Abv: 13%
Price: $13.99
Source: sample
Vendors: check http://www.wine-searcher.com
Website: http://www.houghton-wines.com.au
Tasted: September 2012