Our Producer of the Year for 2023 could go to no other than Bryan Martin and his salivating stable of wines under the Ravensworth banner. Put simply, Ravensworth is a "Desert Island" wine label. If you were stranded (God forbid) on an island and could only drink the wines of one winemaker, Ravensworth would meet your every need.
This was a brilliant year for Ravensworth from start to finish. From the first release of Bryan's home-grown Estate wines in two years to a suit of impeccable highly-rated regional wines that massively over delivered, it was every egg a bird in 2023.
We are pleased to bring you our new Winery of the Year Pack, complete with some of the best value wines in the Ravensworth ranks. We have final stocks of the exceptional 2021 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier, the blistering Regional Riesling which recently received 96 points from the Halliday Wine Companion and a trio of 95-point reds including the 2022 Tinto which was one of James Halliday's Top 100 Wines of the Year.
"In all sincerity, I believe this winery award surpasses any accolade in the film industry. I'm honored to be part of a celebration that recognizes the craftsmanship and artistry that goes into creating a fine wine. To Tom, Brett, Wade and everyone involved in the world of Different Drop, thank you for this incredible honor. I'll trade my Oscar for this honour any day! Cheers to the magic of winemaking!"
- Bryan Matrin (Ravensworth)
Bryan is one of the most creative and inquisitive winemakers we've ever met. After leaving his position as winemaker alongside Tim Kirk at Canberra regional flagbearer, Clonakilla, Bryan went full steam in on his own label Ravensworth, which has firmly hit cult status amongst collectors.
He and his wife Jocelyn have a beautiful property outside of Murrumbateman which is home to all of their excellent Estate wines and Bryan also searches surrounding vineyards and out to the Hilltops region to compile his excellent value Regional series of wines.
Sustainability and an unwavering commitment to quality across the board underpin the entire operation at Ravensworth. Perhaps best known for his benchmark Shiraz Viognier and textural Rieslings, Bryan is also arguably the country's best producer of Sangiovese and is a true master of the dark art of skin-contact whites.
Bryan embodies everything we love about small artisanal Australian producers. He is humble, irreverent, committed to the pursuit of excellence and always looking to explore. If you see a Ravensworth wine anywhere, you should buy it. Especially if you see them at differentdrop.com
If you haven't explored Ravensworth yet, now is certainly the time. And if you'd like to find out more about this brilliant Australian producer, check out our Producer of the Year announcement video on YouTube.