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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.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy 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, photography, 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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