We are excited to be turning the soil, shifting the soil, making hard stands and excavating for foundations and footings for our imposing new winery.
The building will boast a viewing room for wine lovers to see the winery in action and winemakers processing the harvest. The new winery will allow unprecedented access to the way in which our wine is made and means by which are taken to ensure quality and consistency, this will add yet another layer of experiences at Riversdale, something we hope you will indulge in! The picture below is a rough depiction, however expect something imposing and elegant.
The winery will also be host to the latest European equipment, stainless steel tanks, stainless walkways and drains and be a spectacular addition to Riversdale Estate.
The Winery has been designed around the efficient and careful management of the grapes during harvest. The winery will also be the first purpose-built winery in the Coal River Valley in many years and the third largest in Southern Tasmania. We are looking to have it completed by the 2020 harvest and do hope that you come and visit on your next travels!
Since the last newsletter the vineyard has undergone many tasks and we all are starting to look forward to vintage 2019. Spring marks the beginning of the bud burst and period when green starts to fill the trellis throughout the vineyard, every week is different which makes it a fantastic environment to work. All soil preparation has been completed and results are showing with healthy new rows showing many new nutrients. Under-vine spraying has also been a major priority before spring as we try to minimize the use of fungicide when there is a canopy as this a sustainable practice. Other activities included the completion of replacing posts throughout the older parts of the vineyard which always a priority for ensuring the coming canopy has consistent vertical growth which is now becoming thicker as each week passes
This year we have seen unprecedented growth in our 29 y/o Chardonnay and Pinot Noir “v – rows". The water systems were started in Spring however we are still monitoring the weather as we are still receiving a few showers here and there, which is fantastic for us as we are located in a rain shadow. The next task for us is to continuously ensure that the growing canopy is healthy by closely flowing the growth of each block and treating them as such, to ensure that we showcase the very best of each block, we are yet to officially tuck the vines however this task is looming!
Summer is often hard to predict in Tasmania, we would hope that we receive cumulative average of around 23 degrees to ensure a consistent and warm ripening period – however this year we are expecting hotter conditions.
Shortly after the new year we will look to hedge and leaf pluck to ensure that grapes are receiving the full power of the sun and the vine is concentrating growth on the bunches rather than the canopy. Overall we are looking forward to hopefully another great vintage and wish everyone a safe and relaxing festive season! Stay tuned on our social medias to remain constantly connected to all the latest news from the Estate!
We are delighted to offer our new Riversdale Estate Still Rose…..
While the Summer days are long and lingering, spread out the picnic rug on a bed of clover, make daisy chains and sip our newest release Still Rose.
Rose has become incredibly popular, and unlike white grapes that become white wine, and the red varieties of grapes become red wine, pink grapes are not grown in nature, so the wine receives it colour from the juice's contact with the skin of the grapes. During the maceration process, the skin bleeds into the juice, giving it either yellow or red colouring.
We create the Rose by juicing red grapes and letting the juice soak with the skins for a short time, usually 2 or 3 days, once the juice takes on the shades of pink colour, the skins are removed and the juice ferments, and voila! Rose is created!
Since the last newsletter we have has some exciting news regarding some recent successes with the new releases. The first was the 2017 Riversdale Estate Pinot Noir which received the following:
1. Champion Wine of the Show
2. Best Pinot Noir Trophy
3. Best Dry Red Trophy
This news was fantastic as it follows up the 2016's 95-point rating, consistency is something we want from the Estate label as it is a true representation of the current vintage. The particular day we harvested the pinot was a 13 hour by Ian, Rainier and Alain Rousseau. We harvested over 38 tonnes of fruit from several different blocks. The award was well received by the whole team indeed! Come and try it in the cellar door with Rainier! RRP $39.00
At the Australian Shiraz Challenge our 2017 Riversdale Estate Syrah also won Gold and a Trophy for best Tasmanian Shiraz. This was fantastic news as the '17 is slightly oaked that provides framework for the lengthy pepper flavours – something which is different to interstate shiraz. At Riversdale we have the largest planting of the variety in Tasmania and make a current vintage style, reserve style and upcoming Sparkling Shiraz which will be fantastic and a first for Tasmania! RRP $40.00
At the recent Canberra National Riesling Challenge, we also received two Silver medals for our 2018 Riversdale Estate Riesling and 2014 Riversdale Estate Botrytis Riesling which is also fantastic news! RRP $32.00 + $39.00
If you would like to taste them or find out more information, Rainier would love to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org