If you’ve been following along with the blog this year, then you’ll know that we visited Tasmania in April and loved it. It’s also safe to say they make bloody good Riesling down there! Unfortunately we didn’t make it to Riversdale Estate, however there will be a another trip to Tassie so we’ll definitely do it next time.
I received this sample bottle from the team at Cellarmasters – thank you! We enjoyed it with a delicious corn and pearl couscous salad, asparagus and some pork steaks done on the barbie.
Riversdale Estate is located near Hobart in the Coal River Valley. In fact they are the largest Tasmanian privately owned vineyard in the Coal River Valley.
Their Cygnus Riesling is only made in exceptional years, and 2016 was one of those. I hear it’s a fantastic wine to age, so if you’re going to buy some (approx. $28 a bottle) then purchase a few so you can try them over a few years to see how it ages.
So what does the ‘Cygnus’ name mean? Here’s what I learnt on the back label: “Riversdale Estate lies in the shadow of the UTAS Radio Telescope and the Grote Reber Museum – the founder of radio astronomy.” In Latin, Cygnus means ‘Swan’. “The Northern Cross constellation, it resembles a swan flying South along the Milky Way.”
Here are our notes on it:
It’s a pale yellow shade in the glass, while on the nose it’s full of juicy fruit aromas. These are mixed with minerality, a hint of toffee apple and that fresh rain smell. It has a gorgeous nose! In the mouth it’s just as enjoyable with wonderful dryness and palate cleansing acidity. It’s zesty yet smooth. The perfect thirst quencher!
This wine was sent to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!