2022 Riverby Marlborough Chardonnay

92 Points Tom Cannavan
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Balanced and concentrated Chardonnay from old vines, this offers the extreme quality-for-value of this variety from Marlborough. Along with the expert winemaking of these old regional players, this label is sourced in Riverby's 29 year old ungrafted Mendoza vines. Yes, ungrafted! With creamy/wood textures balanced by the Mendoza clone's deep citrus — and the Marlborough region's vibrant freshness — this is a serious wine for a very, very nice price.
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Its Origins

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

92/100 Wines Pages Tom Cannavan

"Exclusively planted with the Mendoza Clone, Riverby's Chardonnay vineyard was first planted in 1989. What a delight this is aromatically, creamy and almondy, with a ripe and rounded but zippy stone fruit and lime character. Gorgeous texture, something like passion fruit adds extra succulence, but what a lovely texture and satisfyingly rounded mouthfeel. The acid is perfectly ripe and perfectly balanced. Reminds me of Pouilly Fuisse perhaps - but a very, very good one.

Excellent to Outstading- Otago Daily Times
Variety Chardonnay
Region Marlborough
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2023 - 2027

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