Riverby Estate and Cicada 2014, 1013 and 2012 Marlborough White Releases

The Riverby Estate range of the Matthews family who own over 60 ha of prime vineyards in the Rapaura district of Marlborough continues to grow. The dynamics of the market both domestically and internationally have led to a reduction in the proportion of Sauvignon Blanc in the portfolio, and the increase in wine made from the other varietals, as well as the addition of new labels and styles. The Matthews vines stretch in a continuous narrow band from Jacksons Road next to Cloudy Bay to Selaks ‘Drylands’ winery on Hammerichs Road, and encompasses a variety of soil profiles, thus allowing the successful propagation of the different varieties.

Simon Matthews shares the Riverby ownership with sisters Sali and Christine, and though resident overseas, he oversees the viticulture and winemaking. Kevin Courtney, married to Christine Matthews, has responsibility for logistics, sales and marketing, and has a significant input in the range of wines made, and the stylistic interpretation of the fruit. The Matthews have Stuart Mortimer as their vineyard manager, who delivers the grapes to Dave Knappstein winemaker at Forrest Estate, where the wines are made. Here, I review 10 white wines from Riverby Estate, mostly new releases, including two wines under the ‘Cicada’ label designed for export, which allows the Matthews to include fruit from outside their own vineyard. www.riverbyestate.com


  • Cicada ‘Green Grocer’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Cicada Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2013
  • Riverby Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Riverby Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2013
  • Riverby Estate Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2014
  • Riverby Estate Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2013
  • Riverby Estate ‘Sali’s Block’ Marlborough Riesling 2013
  • Riverby Estate ‘Eliza’ Marlborough Riesling 2013
  • Riverby Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013
  • Riverby Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2012

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