Terrific stuff and apparently tache means "stained".
Our Price: $18 per bottle by the doz
"The Matahiwi vineyard is planted in several combinations of rootstock and Pinot Noir clones and this Pinot is a blend of some of these - 115, 114, 10/5, 777, Abel and 667, with each adding their own character and complexity. The 2006 vintage was a vintage showing natural low yields of about 1.5-2.0kgs per vine. This has resulted in a final wine with concentration and ideal ripeness.In the winery, the different batches of fruit are processed separately so that we can see the individual characters on their own and we add further complexities by incorporating different techniques and yeast combinations. The grapes are cold soaked for between 5 and 7 days and then fermented at about 28-32C. Depending on the fruit, post ferment time ranges from 3-10 days, before the wine is pressed off.
The wine is then aged partly in tank and partly in barrel for 10 months, undergoing malolactic fermentation, before being blended for bottling in March 2007."RRP: $25
Blue Gold medal winner 2008 Sydney International Wine Competition Top 100
Here are two of the judges comments that explain the wine pretty well.
Adrian Atkinson :Very deep, golden, green colour. Rich, toasty nose with nice signs of development. Almost a hint of Semillon character on the nose and palate with this toasty character. Yes it is oaky, yes it is big but it’s well done. It’s a sort of a classic, traditional Aussie Chardonnay which is well done.
Kym Milne: Ripe tropical and toasty notes and bottle aged flavours. Very textured, creamy lees notes. Nutty, full and long but quite a big, flavoursome style. The creamy texture went well with this dish.The Outstanding Wines view is if you like them full-on and crunchy you'll love this.
Our Price: $18 per bottle
Colour: Deep crimson red - almost black
Aroma: A dark & brooding, moody sort of wine still not giving up all it’s secrets. At present displaying super ripe red and black berry fruits along with some regional dark chocolate and mocha/charry undertones.
Palate: Concentrated, rich dark berry fruits with soft, ripe tannins and balanced acidity keeping the structure together. Long and quite elegant.
Summary: Full flavoured, ripe wine, but still in the restrained style we like. No problem to drink this wine young, but as usual 4-7 years will see the wine develop some bottle aged complexity and repay those with a little patience.
Region: 100% Clare Valley, South Australia
Variety: 100% Shiraz
Alcohol / Vol: 14.5%
Acidity: 6.16g/L TA
Fermentation: Innoculated & natural yeast cultures, 100% SS Ferm. pumped over, membrane pressed, pressing added back. Temp. controled 19 - 28 C Oak: 18 months-predominantly 228L French barriques.
Our Price: $18 per bottle
The grapes for this wine were picked from our single vineyard in five different batches to ensure optimum ripeness and to achieve our desired flavour profile. There was an average yield of just less than 4 tonnes per acre.NOTES FROM THE RIVERBY WEBSITE
It is light to medium straw green in colour and has delightfully fresh, crisp aromas of gooseberries, limes and passionfruit. On the palate it is a noticeably ripe wine with concentrated tropical fruit, passionfruit, pineapple, banana and lime flavours. It is well structured with considerable depth and complex flavours. It has an almost oily concentration with great mouth feel and a lingering, refreshing finish.
"Very dry, crisp and fresh with upfront lime and grapefruit peel acidity balanced by a pleasing slippery softness and phenolics adding a slightly grainy “mineral” edge. Classic gooseberry and bean flavours push their way through and the increasingly pungent citrussy finish is long bright and clean."
– Wineoftheweek.com February 2008
"A tightly framed Sauvignon showing aromas of dried herbs and subtle mineral notes. The palate is juicy and succulent with excellent acidity providing lovely crisp finish. The high level of concentration, structure and overall balance indicate the wine will evolve gracefully over the next few years. At its best: mid 2008 to 2011." **** 92
– Wine Orbit 2008