JAMES HALLIDAY RATINGS:
2002: Great colour; soft lime juice; delicious. Gold WA Wine Show 2008. 94 points.
2003: Mineral, apple, herb and lime aromas, moving more to lime/citrus on the smooth, balanced palate; good length, cellaring special. 92 points.
2004: Considerable texture, power and weight; deep mid and back palate lime juice; will develop more quickly than some from this Estate. 92 points.
2005: A powdery/talcy/spicy bouquet; explodes on the palate with a mix of citrus and more tropical fruit flavours, then crunchy acidity on a long finish. 95 points.
2006: A flowery, aromatic lime blossom bouquet; beautifully delineated varietal character of lime juice and passionfruit on the long palate. Two trophies Sydney Wine Show 2007. 96 points.
2008: Given 96 points when first tasted in Oct '08, and has prospered since then, flush with pure lime juice fruit and balancing minerally acidity. Still with further time to go. 97 points.
2009: Classic Castle Rock style, its undoubted great future becoming apparent on the fine but very intense back-palate, finish and aftertaste where various citrus flavours intermingle with minerally acidity; a wine of great length. 95 points.
2010: An arresting bouquet of wild flower and citrus blossom leads into a classic Castle Rock palate which year-in, year-out develops great complexity, building on the extreme length already present. 96 points.
2011: A flowery, blossom-filled bouquet is the foreplay for an explosive palate of lime and lime zest, spice and mineral flavours that dance along an almost painfully long spine of acidity, absolutely guaranteeing the future of the wine. 96 points.
2012: Light, bright straw-green; the scented bouquet has nuances of wild flowers and herbs, together with the more usual lime blossom; the pristine palate has the hallmark intensity and magical acidity that will see the wine unfold its full glory over the next decade and long thereafter. 96 points.
2013: Bright, lime green-quartz; the vines are now 29 years old, but it is the vintage that has given this wine far more lime/citrus fruit on the bouquet and especially the palate than is usual for young Castle Rock Riesling. It is a great example of the synergistic union of terroir and climate (and man). 96 points.
2014: Quartz-white; opens demurely, but by the time you begin to think the only thing the wine needs is a few years in the cellar, it starts tapping insistently on your taste buds, the finish building focus and intensity courtesy of lemon and mineral acidity, the aftertaste providing a reprise. 96 points.