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London gold for Crater chardy

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Riversdale Estate won a gold medal in October’s International Wine and Spirit Competition in London for its 2015 Crater Chardonnay.

A panel of industry experts assess entries for the event over a seven-month period to ensure a considered judgment on each wine.

“This is a good one! We are so delighted,” Riversdale co-owner Wendy Roberts said.

Her husband, winemaker Ian Roberts, said the family loved putting the Coal River Valley on the wine world’s map.

“We truly believe this unique region grows grapes that produce the best cool-climate wines in the world, so there’s nothing better than to be recognised for that,” he said.

Earlier this year, his Crater Chardonnay became Tasmania’s most awarded chardonnay when it won a gold medal at the International Cool Climate Wine Show in Victoria.

It has now won 31 gold medals, as well as numerous trophies and several best-in-show awards, since its first release in 2008.

Riversdale Estate is in a north-facing position fronting Pittwater. It enjoys all-day sun in an ideal micro-climate for grape ripening.

The estate’s London triumph followed its cellar door being declared the nation’s best regional restaurant by the Australian Hotels Association.

The accolades came at a busy time for the Roberts as they were preparing to take over a picturesque and historic country pub, the Richmond Arms Hotel, in nearby Richmond.

“We are so excited about that project and making it a place of solace and a hub for the community,” Mrs Roberts said.

“We are going to revamp it and give the pub an ‘I love a Sunburnt Country’ theme from the poem My Country by Australian poet Dorothea Mackellar.”

Meanwhile, Wine Tasmania is to receive $150,000 to help improve wine quality and production and for market development.

The grant is part of a $917,000 outlay announced by the State Government in October to support farming and aquaculture.

The funding includes:

Image courtesy of The Mercury

5 November 2017, Edition 189

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