A major factor in Riverby’s success is the total control over all grape production on the single estate vineyard. A significant portion of the vineyard consists of vines with considerable age and this is complemented by slightly younger vines utilising modern clones. This combination of vine age and meticulous clonal selection is readily apparent in the high quality fruit being produced. Vines were first planted in 1989; on land that had previously been used for cropping and sheep farming. Further plantings have continued over the years, until now over 70 hectares are planted out in Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Semillon, and Syrah. The most recent planting is of Gruner Veltliner. As part of Riverby’s focus on viticultural excellence, yields are kept very low and several varieties are hand picked. Sustainable grape-growing techniques are practiced throughout the whole grape-growing and winemaking cycle.
What The Critics Say
93/100 Sam Kim
"This is expressive, flavoursome and very attractive. A delightfully drinkable gruner showing apricot, lemon peel, floral and subtle white pepper notes on the nose. The palate is beautifully weighted and richly textured, and finishes long and pleasingly dry. A mouth-filling wine offering abundance of character and appeal. At its best: now to 2020."
17/20 Raymond Chan
"Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues. This has a very fresh and tightly held nose, somewhat shy, with delicate aromas of white stonefruits, white florals and minerals, with subtle herb and exotic tropical fruit suggestions. Waxy, lanolin-like elements add to the interest and detail, the nose still fresh and primary expression. Dry to taste and elegant in proportion, the flavours of white florals and stonefruits, herbs and white pepper are restrained, but form a good core with real presence, revealing richness and succulence. The palate follows a fine, textural line, gently enlivened by discreet acidity. Harmoniously balanced, the wine flows smoothly to a softly concentrated, lon, lingering finish with ethereal stonefruit and floral notes. This is an elegant, fine-textured dry Gruner Veltliner with good palate presence and undeveloped flavours. It will become richer over the next 3-4 years. Match with Mediterranean and Asian fare. A very favourable vintage for the variety, second crop from the ‘Riverby’ vineyard. Hand-picked fruit fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 3.8 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Apr 2015 RRP $24.00"
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