Monday 25 April 2016

Riversdale Estate 2013 Crater Chardonnay- Tasmania

STUNNER of a Chardonnay from
Tasmania's 2013 "endless summer."


David Ellis

TASMANIA'S Riversdale Estate has released a 2013 Crater Chardonnay that's an absolute stunner from a cool maritime climate region that's less than 20km from the Hobart CBD, and interestingly whose vineyard was for years a key player in the development of Penfolds' famed Yattarna Chardonnay.

And while located in the island State's renowned Coal River Valley, rather than from a property devoted entirely to grape production Riversdale Estate's vineyard in fact occupies just a third of a 120ha mixed farming operation.

Established by Ian and Wendy Roberts in 1991, the vineyard flourished from onset, with Chardonnay in particular thriving in the soils and climate, and 2013 an outstanding year that'll long be remembered as a virtually "endless summer" – warm, dry and sunny, and giving way to an exceptional autumn and outstanding vintage.

Moderate yields of perfectly ripened fruit displayed superb citrus, grapefruit and apple characteristics, and winemaker Nick Badrice used oak simply to highlight what he sums up as "the wine's vibrancy, minerality and extraordinary length of flavour."

Pay $52 cellar door or online at  and enjoy with – what else – market-fresh Tasmanian crayfish, or your favourite other seafoods.

25 April 2016

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