Riverby Chardonnay 2009
  •  Riverby Estate Pinot Gris 2013

    • Silver Medal Air NZ Wine Awards 2014

      Our Pinot Gris block is now gaining some vine age and this is starting to be reflected in our increasingly complex Pinot Gris style. It is important with Pinot Gris to carefully manage yields. Left unrestrained this variety can easily get out of hand. Well managed, with low yields, an enticing, crisp and complex wine is achievable given the right vineyard location and an ideal growing season. 2013 was virtually the perfect vintage in Marlborough with ample heat to ripen the grapes and no undue pressure from rain or disease. The grapes for this wine were cropped at less than 8.5 tonnes to the hectare and harvested at perfect ripeness in the cool of the night. It is 100% Pinot Gris and was handled throughout in stainless steel, with extended time on lees to aid complexity, before being bottled in late March 2014

      It is a rich deep straw in colour with lovely aromatics. The nose is instantly appealing with quite powerful aromas of Doyenne du Comice pear, stone-fruits, florals and spicy cloves. On the palate the myriad of spices continue giving real texture and complexity to this wine. It has an enticing, mouth-filling, richness with stone-fruits, pear and grapefruit and the obvious lees influence which gives it a beguiling grainy character. It has perfectly poised acidity and a touch of restrained sweetness which makes it very delicate, almost charming, in its appeal. The long lingering finish is very attractive and it will certainly develop even greater complexity with time to age in the bottle.

      Alcohol: 12.9%, Acidity: 6.4, PH: 3.45, Residual Sugar; 9.4.

    •  Reviews...
      • "A beautifully expressed pinot gris, the fragrant bouquet shows nectarine, pear and floral aromas, followed by a succulent, mouth-filling palate. It's rounded and textured with excellent mid palate weight, offering immense appeal now as well as potential to develop greater richness. There's a hint of sweetness which is brilliantly balanced by bright acidity. Very appealing. At its best: now to 2018. ***** 93/100"
        Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2014

        "A single-vineyard wine, grown in the heart of the Wairua Valley, 2013 vintage is mouth-filling, youthful and vibrantly fruity, with very good depth of citrus fruit, lychee and pear flavours and a tight, dryish (8 grams r/s) finish. A finely structured wine, showing good delicacy and length, it should be at its best mid 2015+ ****"
        Michael Cooper, Dec 2014

        "A subtle but appealing nose with lemon acid drops and spices. Powerful palate of pears, citrus, spices and honey refreshed by apple-like acidity. Lively in the mouth, lovely balance, without the alcohol burn that can mar some pinot gris. Excellent"
        Mark Henderson Otago Daily Times April 2015

        "Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, and a suggestion of blush. The nose is fresh with very delicate aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, pears, honeysuckle and exotic florals. Mouthwatering mineral nuances add to the freshness and poise. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, light but up-front flavours of yellow stonefruits, honeysuckle and florals feature on impact. The palate has good immediate presence with soft textures and gentle acidity. The wine follows a delicate, vinous line, and the flavours become slender as it carries to a light, softly rounded finish. This is a light and soft off-dry Pinot Gris with delicate stonefruit and honied flavours. Serve with subtly spicy Asian cuisine over the next 2+ years. "
        Raymond Chan Wine Reviews March 2015

  •  Riverby Estate Pinot Gris 2012

    • Our Pinot Gris block is now gaining some vine age and this is starting to be reflected in our increasingly complex Pinot Gris style. It is important with Pinot Gris to carefully manage yields. Left unrestrained this variety can easily get out of hand. Well managed, with low yields, an enticing, crisp and complex wine is achievable given the right vineyard location and an ideal growing season. 2012 was an ideal vintage for aromatic wine styles; a long cool dry season with a burst of heat at the end to finish things off nicely. The grapes for this wine were cropped at less than 8.5 tonnes to the hectare and harvested at perfect ripeness in the cool of the night. It is 100% Pinot Gris and was handled throughout in stainless steel, with extended time on lees to aid complexity, before being bottled during March 2013.

      It is a rich straw, pale gold in colour with lovely aromatics. The nose is incredibly complex for a Pinot Gris with hints of Doyenne du Comice pear, stone-fruits, lychees, citrus and a myriad of different spices; cinnamon and cloves most prominent. On the palate the myriad of spices continue; the cinnamon is particularly appealing. It has an enticing, mouth-filling, richness with stone-fruits, florals and roses and an obvious lees influence which gives it a beguiling grainy character. It is a very textual wine with perfectly poised acidity; fine grained and ever so delicate, almost charming in its appeal. It has a long lingering finish and promises to develop even greater complexity with time to age in the bottle.

      Alcohol: 13.3%, Acidity: 7.2, PH: 3.45, Residual Sugar; 8.7.

    •  Reviews...
      • "Vibrant and lively, this appealing pinot gris shows mandarin, stone fruit and pear characters with a hint of spice on the nose. The palate is juicy and bright with whispering sweetness which is brilliantly balanced by the crisp acidity providing a lingering dry finish. At its best: now to 2016. 91/100"
        Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2013

        "The 2012 Pinot Gris gives honeyed peach and spiced pear aromas dotted with touches of coriander seeds. Medium-bodied and dry (just a barely detectable touch of sweetness) with a pleasant oiliness to the texture and plenty of stone fruit and spicy flavors, it has a lively acid backbone to support all of the fruit and medium to long finish. Drink it now to 2015. 87/100"
        Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, 2013

        "A bright, zesty wine with hints of mandarin and stonefruit, suggestions of creamy nuts and a stylish structure, well integrated and balanced with a dry finish. **** Good Value"
        Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, June 2014

        "This pale straw wine has the merest pink flush and looks delightful in the glass. The soft aroma displays inviting light ginger, floral and ripe apple notes. We loved this wine's texture – satin smooth, unctous with gingery warmth complementing the luscious lychee and pear fruitiness. Warming with excellent depth of flavour – enjoyable and as always, excellent value."
        Marlborough Express September 2014

  •  Riverby Estate Pinot Gris 2011

    • Our Pinot Gris block is now gaining some vine age and this is starting to be reflected in our increasingly complex Pinot Gris style. It is important with Pinot Gris to carefully manage yields as left unrestrained this variety can easily get out of hand. Well managed, with low yields, an enticing, crisp and complex wine is achievable given the right vineyard location and an ideal growing season. The grapes for this wine were cropped at less than 10 tonnes to the hectare and harvested at perfect ripeness in the cool of the night. It is 100% Pinot Gris and was handled throughout in stainless steel, with extended time on lees to aid complexity before being bottled on 16 March 2012.

      This Pinot Gris is a pale straw, lemon in colour, and highly aromatic; with spicy, ripe pears, peaches and nectarines and also lovely florals, even delicate old roses, on the nose. Perhaps even a hint of cinnamon. On the palate the myriad of spices continue and the cinnamon is particularly appealing. It is delightfully crisp and refreshing with mouth crunching pears and stone fruit. Overall, it is very clean, crisp and enticing with a long lingering, quite enchanting and very elegant finish. This wine promises to develop considerable complexity and appeal with careful bottle ageing.

      Alcohol: 13.3%, Acidity: 5.3, PH: 3.45, Residual Sugar; 10.0.

    •  Reviews...
      • "Quite a rich and sliken Pinot Gris style with lanolin and pear flavours. Nice weight and structure with fine tannins adding support without causing any pain."
        Bob Campbell, July 2012

  •  Riverby Estate Pinot Gris 2009

    • A small block of low yielding fruit was used for this wine; low yields being very important to coax the optimum flavours from Pinot Gris. A perfect growing season allowed optimum development of the classical pinot gris flavour profile. The fruit was harvested in the cool of the night, cold settled and cool fermented in stainless steel to ensure the retention of the delicate 'gris" flavours. Fermentation was "stopped" to retain some residual sugar and capture the perfect balance between sugar and alcohol.

      Pale lemon in colour, this wine has spicy, apple, pear and peach aromas with a delicate floral, blossom background. The palate is soft and elegant with very apparent spicy pear and stonefruit, particularly peach, characters. It has pleasing minerality and an attractive crispness on the palate. The finish is delightful. What starts out as a moderately dry and crisp wine gradually unfolds as an appealing mouth filling wine with beautifully integrated sweetness balanced by the crisp acidity. The lasting impression is of the particularly spicy lingering finish

      Alcohol: 14.2%, Acidity: 5.0, PH: 3.53, Residual Sugar; 11.5.

    •  Reviews...
      • "Fleshy and soft, with mouthfilling body and a gentle splash of sweetness amidst its ripe peach, pear and spice flavours, which show very good depth."
        Michael Cooper, Winestate, 2010

        "An instantly likeable Pinot Gris with a lifted nose displaying peach, pear and floral characters. It's generously flavoured and rounded on the palate with subtle sweetness and silky texture. A beautifully succulent and delicious Pinot Gris showing excellent flavour intensity and balance. At its best: now to 2013. 90/100"
        Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 2010

  •  Riverby Estate Pinot Gris 2008

    • A small block of low yielding fruit was used for this wine, the first ever Riverby Estate pinot gris. A perfect growing season allowed optimum development of the classical pinot gris flavour profile. The fruit was harvested in the cool of the night, cold settled and cool fermented in stainless steel to ensure the retention of the delicate 'gris" flavours. Fermentation was "stopped" to retain some residual sugar and capture the perfect balance between sugar and alcohol.

      Pale straw/lemon in colour this wine has classical "gris" aromas of beurre-bosc pear and white stone fruit with a delicate floral, honeysuckle, blossom background. The palate is soft and elegant with spicy pear, peach and guava characters, pleasing minerality and a particularly harmonious acid, fruit, sugar balance. Just off-dry it is a full bodied wine with attractive mouth-feel. There is a delightful lengthy finish of cinnamon, nectarine and blossom, which is under-pinned by crisp acidity and impressive minerality. This is a versatile wine which should show steady improvement in the bottle.

      Alcohol: 12.3%, Acidity: 5.9, PH: 3.08, Residual Sugar; 9.4.

    •  Reviews...
      • "Crisp, medium-dry style with lemon, apple and spice flavours, fresh and vibrant, good texture and an aromatic bouquet."
        Michael Cooper, Winestate, March 2009

        "A hint of creaming soda on the nose which then opens up to reveal tropical fruit and passionfruit. Brighter in the palate than the nose would suggest. Creamy texture with ripe juicy fruit, a touch of spice and juicy sweet citrus. A fairly neutral style when served at room temperature, this is best served chilled - it becomes a crisp, juicy refreshing drink with a little more lime on the nose and a dry finish."
        Wineoftheweek.com Nov 2008

      • "An attractive, peachy nose with touches of pear drop and apricot blossum that would benefit from just a little more definition, although the palate is well balanced, hints of pear, peach and lychee. Good length, just a little phenolic on the finish, but otherwise very well made. 89/100"
        Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 2009