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QUICK FACTS

- Only superior fruit from the vintage is pressed for the Riversdale Estate brand

- Riversdale Estate offers cool climate wines

- Boutique quantities are only offered

PINOT NOIR is undoubtedly Tasmania's most important grape variety, the climate and the variety are remarkably well suited to one another. In areas such as the Coal River Valley, Pinot ripens under ideal conditions to give wines that are rich in dark berry-fruit, herbal and forest flavours, as well as having rich, but elegant complexity and length on the palate. Riversdale Pinots produced over the years have certainly exhibited these qualities and have contributed significantly to the quality of highly successful wines, including the best Tasmanian wine at the 2006 Wrest Point Tasmanian Wine Show, which was a Pinot.

CHARDONNAY has been produced by Riversdale Vineyard for the last 15 years and reliably shows strong, but elegant cool-climate varietal flavours – melons, white peaches and grapefruit, rather than overblown, far more tropical fruit flavours often found in warm area Chardonnays. Again, the relatively high acidity resulting from the cool climate gives these wines elegance and “crispness" of structure which ensures that they are extremely food-friendly.

RIESLING in the Coal River Valley ripens reliably and generally free of Botrytis which can be a problem in wetter areas. Wines from this variety show intense floral and citrus fruit flavours with a strong mineral acid palate structure, which makes Riesling ideal as an aperitif style or as an accompaniment to delicate sea foods, and also ensures that they have particularly strong cellaring potential.

PINOT GRISis the chameleon grape of the wine world. How else can you describe a wine grape that was once red and by some quirk of nature suddenly mutated into a pale-skinned white wine variety? Whether it's off-white, pale grey or even dusty pink in its natural vineyard environment, Pinot Gris just can't seem to make up its mind what it wants to be. Picked early in the season, the variety displays delicate floral aromatics and fine, ripe pear flavours with crisp acidity. Rich, full-bodied, almost exotic wines with moderate acidity result from mid to late season harvests. Many Pinot Gris wines are best enjoyed while young and fresh.

SAUVIGNON BLANCexcels in the sunny, cool climate wine-growing conditions of Tasmania's Coal River Valley. Here, the variety responds to the region's extended summer sunshine hours and long ripening periods by producing fruit that is intensely aromatic and flavoursome, while retaining good levels of natural acidity. Harvest dates play an important part in determining sensory characteristics. Fruit picked early in the season displays high acidity with distinct herbal/cut grass and asparagus nuances. Late season harvests offer the potential for creating well-balanced medium-bodied wines with ripe gooseberry and soft fruit characters. In favourable vintages, barrel fermentation may be a valuable option in producing wines of complexity.

Roaring 40s wines

From December 21st 2015, the Estate's Roaring 40s selection will comprise a sparkling wine and table wines labelled as Chardonnay; Riesling; Pinot Grigio; Pinot Gris; Sauvignon Blanc; and Pinot Noir.

WINE AWARDS

Chardonnay

2017 Cool Climate Wine Show

Gold Medal 2014 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Gold Medal 2014 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2016 International Wine Challenge, London

Silver Medal 2014 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2015 National Cool Climate Wine Show, Bathurst

Gold Medal 2014 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2015 Riverina Wine Show, Griffith

Gold Medal 2014 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2014 Tasmanian Wine Show Society

Gold Medal 2012 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2014 International Wine Challenge, London

Gold Medal 2012 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2013 Tasmanian Wine Show Society

Gold Medal 2011 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2013 Royal Hobart Wine Show

Gold Medal (4 trophies) 2011 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2013 Riverina Wine Show, Griffith

Gold Medal 2011 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2013 Rutherglen Wine Show

Gold Medal (2 trophies) 2011 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2013 Cowra Wine Show

Gold Medal 2011 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2012 Royal Hobart Wine Show

Gold Medal 2010 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2012 Royal Perth Wine Show

Gold Medal (4 trophies) 2011 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2012 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

Gold Medal 2011 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Gold Medal 2011 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2012 Dan Murphy's Wine Show, Canberra

Gold Medal 2011 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

Gold Medal 2010 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2012 National Cool Climate Wine Show, Bathurst

Gold Medal 2011 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2012 International Cool Climate Wine Show, Mornington

Gold Medal 2010 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2012 International Wine Challenge, London

Gold Medal 2010 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2011 Tasmanian Wine Show Society

Gold Medal 2009 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2011 Cowra Wine Show

Gold Medal 2010 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2010 International Wine and Spirit Competition, London

Gold Medal andTrophy for Best in Class 2009 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2010 Sydney International Wine Show

Blue Gold Medal (i.e. 2 gold) 2009 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2010 Cowra Wine Show

Gold Medal 2009 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2009 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Gold Medal 2008 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

2009 Rutherglen Wine Show

Gold Medal 2008 Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

Sparkling

2017 Cool Climate Wine Show

Silver Medal Riversdale Estate – Crux NV Tasmania

Pinot Noir

2016 Cairns Show Wine Awards

Gold Medal and Trophy for Best Pinot Noir Riversdale Estate Centaurus Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Gris & Pinot Grigio

2017 Cool Climate Wine Show

Bronze Medal Riversdale Estate Pinot Gris 2016

Riesling

2017 Cool Climate Wine Show

Bronze Medal Riversdale Estate 'Cygnus' Tasmania Riesling 2016,

2017 Tasmanian Wine Show Society

Silver Medal Riversdale Estate Cygnus Riesling 2013

Gold Medal and Trophy for Best of ClassRiversdale Estate Botrytis Riesling 2014

Gold Medal Riversdale Estate Coal River Riesling 2011

2013 Australian Cool Climate Wine Show, Murrumbateman NSW

Trophy for Best Riesling of Classand Gold Medal 2013 Riversdale Estate Cygnus Riesling

2013 Dan Murphy's National Wine Show of Australia

Gold Medal 2012 Riversdale Estate Cygnus Riesling

2013 Royal Perth Wine Show

Gold Medal 2012 Riversdale Estate Cygnus Riesling

2013 Rutherglen Wine Show

Gold Medal 2012 Riversdale Estate Cygnus Riesling

2013 National Wine Show, Canberra ACT

Gold Medal 2012 Riversdale Estate Cygnus Riesling

Syrah

2017 TASMANIAN WINE SHOW SOCIETY (27th Tasmanian Wine Show)

Gold Medal Riversdale Estate Syrah 2016

Bronze Medal Riversdale Estate Musca Syrah 2014