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Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay

  • March 17, 2015
  • By 50 Shades
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Everyone who knows me is aware that I love a drop of wine. Why else would I be part of a group of six women of a certain age that proudly call themselves the WINOES! (Women in Need of Entertainment) In my opinion, eating good food, drinking lovely crisp white wine and sharing it with great company are three of life’s simple pleasures.

When Cellarmasters approached me to review one of their white wines, I had absolutely no hesitation in saying YES! Not that I am a wine connoisseur or anything close to it, but I do enjoy some of the cooler climate dry white wines. Over the past few years I have become very fond of some of the Marlborough region wines from New Zealand.

So very fortunately for me I was sent a cool climate dry white Chardonnay from the Coal River Valley area in Tasmania, so I’m assuming a fairly similar climate to New Zealand or Europe.

The Coal River region surrounds the historic village of Richmond in Southern Tasmania and is an award winning wine producing area with a similar latitude to the famous wine regions of France and Germany. Southern Tasmania’s climate produces wines more like those of Europe than mainland Australia – internationally acclaimed reds and whites of exceptional quality.

The Riversdale Estate was established in 1991 and is revered as one the finest cool-climate vineyards in Australia. This particular wine, Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay, was awarded best in class in 2009 and 2010, and the 2011 vintage has been awarded 8 trophies from National Wine Shows.

When I opened the bottle of Chardonnay the aromas hit me straight away. There were very fragrant yet delicate citrussy lemon overtones. The colour of the wine was a yellow straw colour and on first sip it packed a punch. The fresh and lively citrus fruit flavours were extremely refreshing and zesty. I was seriously in white wine heaven!

It was a very easy wine to drink and I would say its slight acidic flavour would accompany a fish or seafood meal perfectly. However for me, I enjoyed it on its own with a slice of Tasmanian Brie cheese on a cracker.

So thank you Riversdale Estate for introducing me to such a lovely crisp flavoursome Chardonnay. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this particular wine. Tassie you have won me over!

Disclaimer: I wish to advise that I was not paid to write this product review however it was a sample given to me by the company for the purpose of reviewing. 

 

 

By 50 Shades, March 17, 2015 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

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12 Comments
  • Rae Hilhorst
    March 17, 2015

    a lover off wines I am, a crisp dry white and a hearty robust red x

    • Kathy
      March 17, 2015

      There is almost nothing in this world better than a lovely crisp chilled glass of white wine at the end of the day. It’s even better than shopping! :)

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    March 17, 2015

    I wonder if I behave myself I might be invited to join the WINOES next year? Oh how I’d love it. I thought I was the only living creature who still drank Chardonnay!

    • Kathy
      March 17, 2015

      You would fit in very well with my group of WINOE friends. Two of them are school teachers like yourself and they all appreciate a good drop of wine. I am mainly a Sav Blanc drinker but I do enjoy a nice Chardy now and again. This particular one was spectacular. :)

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    March 18, 2015

    I won’t force myself on to your friendship group Kathy but I’d love to meet them :)

    • Kathy
      March 18, 2015

      I would like you to meet them too Pinky. They are a mixed bag of friends but they all have hearts of gold. :)

  • budgettraveltalk
    March 20, 2015

    Don’t get me started on white wine (or red) and friends and self in need of enteratinment!

    • Kathy
      March 20, 2015

      Ha ha! I think as we get older we need to treat ourselves. We deserve to be pampered and to be able to drink lovely wine and travel as much as we dare!

  • Marisol@TravelingSolemates
    March 22, 2015

    Hi Kathy, I’m a big Chardonnay fan. I’ve tried a lot of Australian wines from different regions but never from Tasmania. It’s wine sounds so divine from your description and I’m dying to try it right now. I have to look it up to see if they’re available in New York.

    • Kathy
      March 22, 2015

      I think you would like this particular Chardy Marisol. It was divine! I really enjoyed your recent blog on Easter Island. :)

  • Red Nomad OZ
    March 27, 2015

    Oh, I LOVE your group name! Very clever!! I like wine, but I’m not very discerning – especially when it comes to sparkling wine!! That’s my BIG weakness!! Have a great weekend :D

    • Kathy
      March 27, 2015

      The WINOES is a very unique name for our group. We all had sons together in the same year at High School and through that we formed a friendship that has outlasted school days. We all share a passion for good food, wine and travel!

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