River-T Waitaki Valley 2018, 2017 and 2016 Releases


River-T Estate is the 3 ha vineyard of Murray Turner and his partner Karen Tweed. They planted 11,000 vines over from stonefruit trees on the banks of the Waitaki River, 5 km east from Kurow, North Otago, in 2007 and began supplying contract fruit before establishing their own label. Murray, a fourth generation Waitaki Valley man, is a horticulturist in and is the managing director of Waitaki Irrigation Management, and is thus intimate with winegrowing in the region. Murray and Karen have Grant Taylor and Jen Par make their Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and Antony Worch making the Rosé and Pinot Gris, as the Alexandra Vintners facilities are most conducive for their making. There is a little crossover with each winemaker making some of the other varieties. Murray reports that sales for the wines are very strong, and that they will be opening a cellar door very soon to sell their and other Waitaki Valley wines. Here, I review a selection of new releases from the 2018, 2017 and 2016 vintages. www.rivertestate.co.nz


  • River-T Estate Waitaki Valley Pinot Rosé 2018
  • River-T Estate Waitaki Valley North Otago Pinot Gris 2018
  • River-T Estate ‘Last Pick’ Waitaki Valley Pinot Gris 2016
  • River-T Estate Waitaki Valley North Otago Riesling 2017
  • River-T Estate ‘Two Brothers’ Waitaki Valley Chardonnay 2017
  • River-T Estate Waitaki Valley North Otago Pinot Noir 2017
  • River-T Estate ‘Reserve’ Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir 2016

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