Riversdale Estate recorded another record-breaking year in succession to 2017. We ended up with 432 tonnes as result of our younger vines from 2013 coming online this year as well as the great weather conditions throughout Spring and Summer. The 2018 vintage proved to be consistently the hottest we have ever had with an average of around 20 degrees per day, this was especially welcome for our Shiraz and Chardonnay vines. Although we have had a record year in terms of quantity, the quality we have seen in the winery has been second to none with a special focus on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
Pruning is now over 95% complete with only our Sauvignon Blanc Blocks to roll on, vineyard staff are continuing to improve and extend various trellis systems and under-vine spraying to prevent weeds within Spring and Summer which impedes on the vines development. This year we are also ripping, cultivating and sowing rows in the blocks closest to Pittwater to ensure the vines continue to rejuvenate and find the rich deposits of nutrients within the sandy, clay and loamy soils. Vintage 2019 has had a good start, several weeks of cool weather and with some rainfall during pruning which is fantastic as we are in a rain shadow and heat sink. The next stage of development for our vines is during bud-burst in August.
Join our knowledgeable staff during the week and enjoy our wide range of award winning wines or join Rainier Roberts on the weekend to learn even more about our unique vineyard and premium range. Our tastings are not designed, wine is a story and each and every one of our wines has its own story that not only reflects what kind of vintage we had but rather what we wish to do with that particular wine or label. The Cellar Door is designed for you to understand and try our different wines and hopefully learn something new about Riversdale. Our Cellar Door also received The Real Review Award for Excellence in providing superior service in the Cellar Door for 2018. We look forward to seeing you.
Botrytis is also known as "Beneficial Rot", and is a beneficial mould that grows on ripe grapes, usually under specific climatic conditions such as damp, wet and humid conditions. The mould dehydrates the grapes, leaving shrivelled small raisin-like berries, with high concentrations of sugars and the natural berry flavours. Wines that are made from these berries are rich and complex and unique in flavour. Riversdale Botrytis is complex and rich in sweetness, perfect to end your meal with! Riversdale's 2014 Botrytis is a 3 time Trophy winner!
Our exclusive and informative Winter Degustation was thoroughly enjoyed by the 24 guests in June. Guests indulged in 7 courses paired with Riversdale Estate wines, and were hosted and guided in pairings by Rainier & Ian Roberts. A beautiful short film of the 2018 harvest highlights was shown, and guests had an insight into the different aspects of work and machinery that culminate in a successful harvest! The Dinner courses included Riversdale Lamb Ragout, Duck along with 5 other superbly chosen courses, with a delicious Botrytis …for the finale! As we limit the Degustation Dinners to 24 guests, be sure to book early for the Spring Degustation in September. Call 62 485555 to reserve your seat at the Cellar Door Dining Table Spring Degustation on the 28th September - 7:00pm $149pp Not to be missed!