Gold and silver in Diletti’s Castle

Shannon Smith and Saskia AdystiAlbany Advertiser

The Great Southern wine region has proven its credentials again at the Perth Royal Wine Awards.

The region’s best-performing winery was Castle Rock Estate, which won the top prize for smaller growers as the most successful WA exhibitor processing under 300 tonnes.

Castle Rock took out a gold and a bronze medal for its Castle Rock riesling, and a silver medal for its A&W riesling.

Winemaker and owner Rob Diletti said there had been challenges with the weather this year, but he was glad to be able to maintain his wine quality.

“The ‘19 vintage was tricky with the weather,” he said.

“I think it shows that no matter what the weather is, if you put the work into the vineyard and the wineries you can get some consistency, and I think that’s what has shown up.

Bronze medals went to Plantagenet Wines, Alkoomi Wines, Castelli Estate, Gilbert Wines, and Wiloughby Park. Galafrey Wines and Gilbert Wines won medals for the 2019 Vintage and West Cape Howe won silver.

Castle Rock also won bronze medals for its 2019 and 2018 and older sauvignon blancs, a gold medal for its pinot noir, both for the recent and older vintage, and a silver for its shiraz.

Other gold medal winners were Forest Hill Vineyard for its 2018 shiraz and Ferngrove Wines its malbec.

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