Riverby Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Riverby Estate has some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in Marlborough. The plants date back to 1989 and are the Mendoza clone, seemingly superseded by newer imports, but still regarded by many as the best for quality wine. The clone suffers from ‘hen and chicken’ and can have elevated acidity, but these can be seen as positive traits. The Chardonnay vines are ungrafted, and again this is a factor for quality, though risky in days of phylloxera presence. Selling the fruit from the start, Riverby Estate released its first Chardonnay with the 2004 vintage and has never looked back. The wine is made at Forrest Estate and past vintages have shown the ability to age well. I review the 2011 wine, yet to be released. www.riverbyestate.com


  • Riverby Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

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